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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 shows your most recent post entries on the main page, unless you fix a page as a static front page.

In another article, we also cover how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent published posts.

Whether you choose to have your blog posts on your front page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of published post entries to display on these pages (i.e. ’2’, ’6’, ‘9’ etc.)

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

Being able to set the number of posts can display on your blog page is useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest entry you have published. This is handy for example, if 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 weekly team page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

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

In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to change how many blog posts you want to display on your blog page.

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

Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to choose how many posts you want displayed on your website’s blog page.

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

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

To set the number of published blog posts you want displayed on your website’s blog page website, go to your WordPress dashboard menu and select Settings > Reading

Configure your settings in the Reading Settings screen as shown in the screenshot below:

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

If you are using your WordPress 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 posts that you want showing – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

To Edit The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your site as a website, where the home page shows a fixed page and your newest posts show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 post items that you want to show – i.e. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the Save Changes button when finished to update your settings …

Now, when visitors come to your website, they will see blog posts showing either on your front 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 change the number of blog post entries you want to show on the blog page of your WP web site.

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