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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 website as a ‘blog’ and displays your latest post entries on the front page, unless you specify a page as your main page.

In a previously published post, we have also shown you how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published articles.

Regardless of your choice to make blog posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of posts to show up on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ‘3’, ’12’ etc.)

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

Having the ability to specify how many post items can display on your WordPress site can be very useful.

For example, you can display only the latest post you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you promote a weekly special, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a monthly corporate page for announcements, etc.

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

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

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify the number of posts to show on your WordPress blog.

Changing The Number Of Post Entries Displayed On Your Blog Page

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many published blog post entries you want displayed on your site’s blog page.

The number of posts you would like displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …

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

To specify how many published blog post entries you would like to show on the blog page of your site, choose Settings > Reading from your WP navigation menu …

Configure the options in the Reading Settings page as shown below:

Changing The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Main Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the front page displays your newest post entries, then set your options 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 display – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

Changing The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page displays a fixed page and your latest published blog post items 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 blog post entries that you want to show – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done …

Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see your newest blog posts displayed either on your main 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 want to have showing on the blog page of your WordPress website.

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