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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 site as a ‘blog’ and shows your most recent blog posts on the home page, unless you set a specific page as a static main page.

In a separate tutorial, we also cover how to create a WordPress blog page to show your most recent published content.

Regardless of your choice to have display blog posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of blog posts to display on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’4’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Being able to specify the number of blog posts display on your blog page has a number of uses.

For example, you can display only the latest single blog post that you have published. This can be handy for example, if you are promoting a different limited-time offer each month, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly community 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 …

Whatever the reason, WordPress gives you the flexibility to specify the number of posts to display on your blog page.

Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to specify the number of blog post entries will show up on your blog page.

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

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many published posts you would like to have showing on the blog page of your site.

How many blog posts you would like displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this amount …

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

To set the number of blog post entries you want to have displaying on the blog page site, go to the WordPress navigation menu and select Settings > Reading

Configure the settings in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:

How To Edit The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Main Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the front page displays your newest 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 items that you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when done…

Specifying The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your latest posts 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 posts that you want displayed – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings …

Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see posts displayed either on your home page or blog page, as per the settings 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 amount of posts you want to show on the blog page of your website.

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