As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest blog posts on the main page, unless you fix a page as the main page.
In another article, we’ve also shown you how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest blog posts.
Whether you choose to make present blog post entries on your home page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of published blog post entries to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’5’, ’12’ etc.)
Your website will then display recently published content on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have specified, even if your WP website contains more posts than the number you have set to display …
The ability to specify the number of blog posts display on your site has a number of uses.
For example, you can display only the most recent blog post that you have published. This can be handy, if, for example, you 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 monthly corporate page for announcements, etc.
Or, you can use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu runs too long …
Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to set the number of posts to show on main blog page.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to change how many posts you want to display on your blog.
Specifying The Number Of Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog
WordPress allows you to choose how many published blog post entries you would like to display on your website’s blog page.
How many entries you want displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
Note: We recommend that you select a sensible setting that won’t slow down your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed.
To specify how many published posts you want to show on the blog page of your WordPress web site, click on Settings > Reading from the WP admin menu …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings screen as per the screenshot below:
How To Modify The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page displays your latest post entries, 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 post items you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings…
Modifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the home page is a fixed page and your most recent published post entries show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 that you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see recently published content displayed 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 amount of published blog posts you would like to display on the blog page.
If you are new to WordPress, you may also find the following related posts useful:
- How To Make A Specific WordPress Page Be The Website’s Home Page
- How To Create A Blog Page To Display Your Latest Blog Post Entries In WordPress
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