As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and shows your newest blog posts on the front page, unless you set a specific page as the front page.
In a separate post, we’ve also shown you how to create a blog page to display your most recent published entries.
Regardless of your choice to make display your newest blog posts on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of published posts to show on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ‘3’, ’12’ etc.)
Your site will then display recently published content on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have set, even if your WP website or blog contains more blog posts than the number you have set to display …
Being able to specify the number of blog posts will display on your site has a number of practical applications.
For example, you can display only the latest blog post you have published. This can be handy for example, if you want to promote a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a weekly social page for announcements, etc.
You can also use this feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of posts that you want to show on your blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to set how many posts will display on your WordPress blog.
Changing The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog
WordPress lets you specify how many posts you want to have displaying on the blog page of your site.
How many posts you would like to display is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …
Note: We suggest choosing a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of items displayed.
To set the number of posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your WP website, select Settings > Reading from your WordPress admin menu …
Configure your settings in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:
Editing The Number Of Posts Showing On The Main Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the main page displays your newest published post entries, then set your options as described below:
- Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
- Blog pages show at most: X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of items you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings…
Changing The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your newest post entries display on a separate blog page, then set your options as described below:
- Front page displays: Set this to A static page, then select Posts page: > your Blog Page from the drop down menu
- Blog pages show at most: X posts X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of blog post items that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see blog posts showing either on your front page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …
To learn how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:
Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of published posts you want listed on the blog page of your WP site.
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