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

As we’ve discussed in other posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest blog posts on the front page, unless you set a fixed page as the front page.

In a previous post, we also show you how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest post.

Whether you choose to make recently published blog post entries appear on your main page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of posts to show up on these pages (e.g. ‘1’, ’6’, ’10’ etc.)

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

Having the ability to set how many blog posts display on your web site can be very useful.

For example, you can set your blog to display only the latest blog post item that you have published. This is handy, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a different expiring offer each week, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post an upcoming event, set up a weekly corporate page for updates and announcements, etc.

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

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

In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to specify how many blog post entries will show up on your blog.

Changing The Number Of Posts To Display On Your Blog Page

WordPress allows you to choose how many posts you want displayed on your site’s blog page.

The number of entries you would like displayed is entirely 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 increase or decrease the amount of posts displayed.

To specify how many published posts you would like listed on your blog page site, go to the WP dashboard menu and click on Settings > Reading

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

How To Modify The Number Of Posts Displayed On Your Home Page

If you are using your WP site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your newest post entries, 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 post entries you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished…

How To Change The Number Of Posts On Your Blog Page

If you are using your WP site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your newest blog 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 blog posts that you want to display – e.g. ‘1’, ‘3’, ’10’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when finished to update your settings …

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see your most recent published articles displayed 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 set the number of blog post entries you would like listed on the blog page.

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