As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent published posts on the home page, unless you set a specific page as a main page.
In a separate article, we also show you how to create a blog page to display your latest published articles.
Whether you choose to make present recently published post entries on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of items to appear on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’7’, ’10’ etc.)
Your WordPress website will then display posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog post entries you have specified, even if your WP website contains more blog posts than the number you have set to display …
Being able to specify how many post items will display on your web site is useful.
For example, you can display only the latest single post item you have published. This is useful for example, if you want to send your readers to a different time-sensitive offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a monthly community page for announcements, etc.
You can also use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog page if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to change the number of blog posts that you want to show on main blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to specify how many posts to show up on your blog.
Setting The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many blog posts you would like to show on the blog page.
The number of blog posts you want to display is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: Pick a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the content loads on your site. You can always raise or lower the amount of items displayed.
To specify the number of blog post entries you would like to have displaying on your blog page site, go to your WP admin menu and click on Settings > Reading …
Configure your settings in the Reading Settings panel as shown below:
Specifying The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Home Page
If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your newest blog posts, then edit your settings 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 that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished…
How To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your newest post entries display on a separate blog page, then edit your settings as shown 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 items that you want showing – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the Save Changes button when finished …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your most recently published articles displayed either on your front page or blog page, as per the settings 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 amount of published posts you would like listed on the blog page of your WordPress site.
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