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

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your website as a ‘blog’ and displays your newest blog posts on the main page, unless you set a fixed page as a home page.

In a previous post, we also discussed how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published content.

Whether you choose to make blog post entries on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of posts to show up on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’7’, ’10’ etc.)

Your website will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog posts you have set, even if your WordPress website or blog contains more blog posts than the number of posts you have set to display …

The ability to specify how many posts will display on your WordPress site has a number of practical applications.

For example, you can display only the most recent entry that you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you promote 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 monthly office page for announcements, etc.

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

Whatever the reason, With WordPress you have the flexibility to change the number of blog posts that you want to show on main blog page.

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

How To Specify The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

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

The number of entries you want to display is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this number …

Note: We recommend choosing a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed.

To set the number of blog posts you want to have showing on your site’s blog page web site, go to your WordPress admin menu and click on Settings > Reading

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings panel 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 main page displays your newest posts, then edit your settings 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 displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done…

To Change The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the front page displays a fixed page and your most recent blog posts show up 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 entries that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done to update your settings …

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog posts showing 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 change the amount of published blog posts you want listed on the blog page of your website.

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