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 Posts Show On Your WP Blog: Step-By-Step TutorialAs we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and displays your most recent published entries on the home page, unless you set a specific page as the front page.

Tutorial: Changing The Number Of Entries To Display On Your Blog

In a separate tutorial, we have also explained how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest post.

Regardless of your choice to make blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of blog post entries to appear on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’7’, ‘9’ etc.)

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

Step-By-Step Tutorial - How To Set The Number Of Published Posts Showing On Your WP Blog

The ability to specify the number of blog post items display on your web site can be useful.

For example, you can display only the most recent blog post item you have published. This is 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 an upcoming event, set up a weekly social page for updates and announcements, etc.

You can also use this great feature to fill an empty space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …

Setting The Number Of Blog Posts Showing On Your Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

Whatever the reason may be, With WordPress you have the flexibility to specify the number of blog posts that will display on main blog page.

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily specify the number of posts will show on your blog.

How To Specify The Number Of Blog Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog

WordPress lets you specify how many published blog post entries you want listed on the blog page of your web site.

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How many entries you want displayed is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …

Changing How Many Blog Post Items Show Up On Your WP 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 amount of items displayed.

To set the number of blog post entries you would like to display on the blog page site, go to the WordPress admin menu and click on Settings > Reading

How To Change The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your WP Blog Page - Tutorial

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

How To Change The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page shows your latest posts, 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 entries you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings…

Step-By-Step Tutorial: How To Specify How Many Post Entries Show Up On Your WordPress Blog Page

Changing The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the front page shows a fixed page and your latest published blog entries display 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 post items you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done …

Step-By-Step Tutorial - Specifying How Many Published Posts Show On Your Blog Page

Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see your latest blog posts showing either on your main page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …

How To Set The Number Of Published Blog Posts To Display On Your Blog Page: Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of published posts you want to display on the blog page of your site.

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