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How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts To Display In WordPress

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent post entries on the home page, unless you fix a page as your front page.

In another tutorial, we also cover how to create a blog page to display your latest blog post entries.

Regardless of your choice to make blog posts on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of posts to show on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)

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

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

For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent post item that you have published. This is useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a different limited-time offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post upcoming events, set up a monthly community page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

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

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how easy it is to change how many posts will display on your blog.

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

WordPress lets you specify how many published blog post entries you would like listed on your site’s blog page.

How many posts you would like to display is completely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

Note: Choose a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always increase or decrease the amount of posts displayed.

To set how many blog post entries you want listed on the blog page of your WP site, go to the WordPress navigation menu and click on Settings > Reading

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

How To Edit The Number Of Posts On The Home Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page shows your most recent 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 posts you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

Modifying The Number Of Posts Showing On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the home page shows a fixed page and your latest post entries display on a separate blog page, then set your options as described 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 items you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done …

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see recently published blog post entries displayed either on your home 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 set the number of blog posts you want listed on the blog page of your WordPress website.

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