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.

Specifying How Many Published Posts Show On Your WordPress Blog Page: TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest blog posts on the main page, unless you fix a page as the main page.

How To Set The Number Of Published Posts Displayed On Your Blog - Step-By-Step Tutorial

In another article, we also discussed how to create a blog page to show your most recent blog post entries.

Whether you choose to make blog post entries on your main page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of blog posts to display on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)

Your WP website will then display your latest blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your website or blog contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …

How To Specify The Number Of Published Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page: Tutorial

The ability to specify the number of blog post items will display on your web site can be useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent blog post you have published. This is useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly social page for updates and announcements, etc.

You can also use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …

Specifying The Number Of Entries Showing On Your Blog Page - Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change the number of blog posts to show up on your blog page.

How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog Page

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you choose how many published blog posts you want displayed on your site’s blog page.

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The number of blog posts you would like displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing How Many Blog Posts Display On Your WP Blog

Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of items displayed.

To specify how many blog post entries you want listed on your site’s blog page website, go to your WP navigation menu and select Settings > Reading

How To Set How Many Blog Post Entries Show On Your Blog: Tutorial

Configure the settings in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:

Specifying The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page shows your latest blog posts, then edit your settings as shown 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 blog posts you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings…

How To Specify The Number Of Post Entries Showing On Your WP Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

How To Edit The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page shows a fixed page and your most recent blog posts display 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 post items you want to display – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished …

Tutorial: Specifying The Number Of Entries To Display On Your Blog

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see your most recently published articles showing either on your main page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set How Many Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP Blog Page

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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 blog posts you want to show on your site’s blog page.

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