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 …

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Changing How Many Published Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP Blog - Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest blog posts on the front page, unless you set a fixed page as the main page.

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

In a previous article, we have also covered how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest blog post entries.

Whether you choose to have your most recently published content display on your home page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of items to display on these pages (i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Setting How Many Published Blog Post Items Show On Your WP Blog

Having the ability to specify how many entries will display on your blog page is useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest single entry that you have published. This is useful for example, if you are promoting a weekly special, a ’book of the month’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly community page for announcements, etc.

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

Changing How Many Published Posts Display On Your WordPress Blog Page - Tutorial

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

Let’s show you, then, how to set how many blog posts you want to show on your WordPress blog.

Setting The Number Of Blog Post Entries To Display On Your Blog Page

WordPress allows you to specify how many published posts you would like to show on the blog page.

Useful Tip

The number of entries you would like displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

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

Note: 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 amount of items displayed.

To specify the number of published blog posts you want to have showing on the blog page site, go to the WordPress admin menu and choose Settings > Reading

Specifying How Many Published Blog Post Items Display On Your Blog - Tutorial

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

Modifying The Number Of Posts On The Front Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your latest published 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 entries you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: Changing How Many Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP Blog

To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the front page is a fixed page and your newest posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 blog post entries that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done to update your settings …

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

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see your most recent 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 - Setting How Many Published Blog Items Show Up On Your Blog

Useful Tip

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 posts you want to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress site.

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