How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts To Display In WordPress

Learn how to set the number of published blog posts to display on your WordPress blog page …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing How Many Post Entries Show On Your WP BlogAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent blog posts on the home page, unless you set a specific page as your home page.

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your WP Blog Page

In a previously published article, we also cover how to create a blog page to display your most recent post.

Whether you choose to have present your latest blog posts on your home page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of items to show on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ‘9’ etc.)

Your WP site will then display blog post entries on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have specified, even if your WordPress website contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …

Tutorial - Changing The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your Blog Page

Having the ability to set how many blog post items can display on your site has a number of practical applications.

For example, you can display only the latest single blog post item you have published. This can be handy, if, for example, you are promoting a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a monthly office page for updates and announcements, etc.

Or, you can use this feature to fill an ugly space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …

Tutorial: Setting The Number Of Posts To Display On Your Blog Page

Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of posts that will show on main blog page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily specify the number of blog posts to show on your site’s blog page.

Specifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

WordPress allows you to choose how many published blog post entries you would like to show on your site’s blog page.

Useful Tip

The number of entries you would like displayed is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing How Many Published Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page

Note: We suggest selecting a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of posts displayed.

To set how many published blog posts you would like displayed on your blog page website, choose Settings > Reading from your WP dashboard menu …

Tutorial: How To Specify The Number Of Published Blog Post Entries To Display On Your WordPress Blog

Configure the options in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:

How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Front Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page shows your latest posts, then edit your settings as described below:

  1. Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
  2. Blog pages show at most: X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of post entries that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

Tutorial: How To Set How Many Published Blog Items Show On Your WP Blog Page

How To Specify The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the front page is a fixed page and your latest blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown below:

  1. Front page displays: Set this to A static page, then select Posts page: > your Blog Page from the drop down menu
  2. Blog pages show at most: X posts X posts (where ‘X’ is the number of blog posts that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished …

Tutorial: Specifying How Many Blog Post Items Display On Your WP Blog

Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see your newest blog posts showing either on your front page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

How To Change The Number Of Blog Post Items Displayed On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

Useful Tip

To learn how to change the length of your post excerpts, see the tutorial below:

Congratulations! Now you know how to change the number of published blog posts you want displayed on the blog page.

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