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 …

Changing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your WordPress Blog - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent post entries on the front page, unless you fix a page as a static front page.

How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Post Items Displayed On Your Blog Page - Tutorial

In a previous post, we’ve also addressed how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published content.

Whether you choose to make recently published articles show up on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of published posts to show up on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Blog Posts Display On Your WordPress Blog Page

The ability to set the number of entries display on your blog page has a number of uses.

For example, you can display only the most recent post item you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a different expiring offer each month, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a weekly office page for announcements, etc.

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Post Items To Display On Your WP Blog Page

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

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify how many blog post entries to show up on your WordPress blog.

How To Set The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your WordPress Blog Page

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you choose how many blog post entries you want to have showing on the blog page of your website.

Useful Tip

The number of blog posts you want to display is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …

Specifying How Many Entries Show On Your Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Note: Select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed on your blog page.

To specify the number of published blog post entries you want to show on your website’s blog page web site, choose Settings > Reading from your WP admin menu …

How To Set How Many Posts Display On Your WP Blog Page: Tutorial

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings page as per the screenshot below:

Modifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your most recent published post items, then set your options 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 blog post items you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when done…

Tutorial: How To Change How Many Published Posts Show On Your WordPress Blog Page

Specifying The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the front page is a fixed page and your latest published entries 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 posts that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings …

Tutorial - How To Set How Many Blog Post Items Display On Your Blog

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog posts showing either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

Tutorial: How To Change How Many Blog Post Items Display On Your WP Blog Page

Useful Tip

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the amount of published posts you want to have displaying on the blog page of your web site.

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