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

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As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a ‘blog’ and shows your latest post entries on the main page, unless you fix a page as a front page.

In a previously published tutorial, we also cover how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest published posts.

Whether you choose to make blog posts on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can set a specific number of items to appear on these pages (e.g. ’2’, ’6’, ’15’ etc.)

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

Having the ability to set the number of blog post items will display on your web site can be very useful.

For example, you can display only the most recent entry that you have published. This is useful for example, if you promote a different limited-time offer each month, a ‘deal of the day’ type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a monthly community page for announcements, etc.

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

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

Let’s show you, then, how to change how many blog post entries will display on your blog page.

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

WordPress allows you to choose how many published blog post entries you would like to have displaying on your site’s blog page.

How many posts you want to display is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this amount …

Note: Select 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.

To specify the number of published posts you want to display on the blog page of your WP site, go to your WordPress admin menu and choose Settings > Reading

Configure your options in the Reading Settings section as per the screenshot below:

Editing The Number Of Posts On The Main Page

If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your newest published blog items, 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 posts you want showing – e.g. ‘1’, ’5’, ‘7’, ’12’ etc.)
  3. Click on Save Changes when done…

Modifying The Number Of Posts On The Blog Page

If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your newest posts display 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 post entries you want displayed – i.e. ‘1’, ‘3’, ‘7’, ’15’ etc.)
  3. Click the ‘Save’ button when finished to update your settings …

Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see 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 set the number of posts you would like to show on the blog page.

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