As we’ve discussed in previous posts, in a default installation, WordPress treats your site as a “blog” and shows your most recent post entries on the front page, unless you specify a page as the front page.
In another tutorial, we also explain how to create a blog page to show your latest published content.
Whether you choose to have posts on your home page or your blog page, you can set a specific number of items to display on these pages (i.e. “1”, “3”, “15” etc …)
Your WordPress website will then display your most recent published articles on your blog page up to the maximum number of blog post entries you have set, even if your WordPress website contains more blog posts than the number of items set to display …
Having the ability to specify the number of post items will display on your site can be useful.
For example, you can display only the latest single blog post that you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you promote a different expiring offer each week, a “book of the month” type of offer, publish the latest results of your sports team, post upcoming events, set up a quarterly corporate page for announcements, etc …
You can also use this great feature to fill an ugly space on your blog if your sidebar menu is too long …
Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to change the number of blog posts to display on your blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to set how many blog posts to show on your WordPress blog.
How To Specify The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WP Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress allows you to specify how many blog posts you would like listed on the blog page of your site.
How many entries you want displayed is entirely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: We suggest that you choose a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the content loads on your site. You can always increase or decrease the number of posts displayed.
To specify the number of posts you want listed on your website’s blog page website, go to the WordPress dashboard menu and choose Settings > Reading …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings screen as per the screenshot below:
Specifying The Number Of Posts On Your Home Page
If you are using your site as a blog (i.e. the default installation option), where the main page displays your newest blog posts, then edit your settings as shown below:
- Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
- Blog pages show at most: X posts (where “X” is the number of posts that you want showing – e.g. “1”, “3”, “7”, “10”, “12” etc …)
- Click on Save Changes when done…
To Modify The Number Of Posts Displayed On The Blog Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a website, where the main page is a fixed page and your most recent blog posts show up on a separate blog page, then set your options as shown below:
- Front page displays: Set this to A static page, then select Posts page: > your Blog Page from the drop down menu
- Blog pages show at most: X posts X posts (where “X” is the number of posts that you want to display – e.g. “1”, “3”, “7”, “10”, “15” etc …)
- Click on Save Changes when finished …
Now, when visitors come to your site, they will see blog posts displayed either on your main page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …
Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of published blog posts you would like to show on the blog page|the blog page of your website.
If you are new to WordPress, you may also find the following related posts useful:
- How To Set The Number Of Blog Posts On Your Home Page – Video Tutorial
- How To Select Any Page As The Home Page Of Your WordPress Site
- How To Create A Blog Page In WordPress
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