As we’ve discussed in other posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent blog posts on the front page, unless you set a specific page as the front page.
In another article, we also address how to create a blog page to show your most recent blog post entries.
Whether you choose to have display your newest blog posts on your front page or your blog page, WordPress lets you set a specific number of blog posts to show on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’4’, ’12’ etc.)
Your website will then display blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have specified, even if your website or blog contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …
The ability to specify how many blog post items will display on your blog page can be useful.
For example, you can display only the latest single post you have published. This can be useful for example, if you want to promote 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 weekly corporate page for updates and announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of blog posts that you want to display on main blog page.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to specify the number of posts will show up on your blog.
Changing The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog
WordPress allows you to specify how many blog posts you would like displayed on the blog page of your website.
The number of entries you want to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …
Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the number of items displayed.
To specify how many published blog post entries you would like to have displaying on the blog page of your web site, click on Settings > Reading from the WordPress navigation menu …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:
Modifying The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the home page displays your most recent published blog content, 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 blog posts that you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished…
How To Modify The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your most recent posts show up 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 posts you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog post entries 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 change the number of blog posts you would like to have displaying on the blog page of your WP website.
If you are new to WordPress, you may also find the following posts useful:
- How To Show A WordPress Page As The Home Page Of Your Website
- How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Posts
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