As we’ve discussed in other posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a “blog” and displays your most recent published content on the main page, unless you specify a page as a static home page.
In a separate article, we also discussed how to create a WordPress blog page to display your most recent blog post entries.
Regardless of your choice to make blog posts on your front page or your blog page, you can specify the number of blog posts to appear on these pages (i.e. “2”, “7”, “12” etc …)
Your WP website will then display blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of posts you have set, even if your WordPress website contains more posts than the number of items set to display …
Being able to specify how many blog post items display on your blog page can be useful.
For example, you can set your blog to display only the most recent post item that you have published. This can be useful, if, for example, you want to send your readers to a different time-sensitive offer each month, a “book of the month” type of offer, publish the latest results of a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a monthly corporate 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 runs too long …
Whatever the reason may be, WordPress gives you the flexibility to set the number of blog posts to show on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how to easily change how many blog posts will display on your WordPress blog.
How To Set How Many Posts Show On Your WordPress Blog: Tutorial
Through its content management system (CMS), WordPress lets you specify how many published blog post entries you want listed on the blog page of your web site.
How many entries you want to display is completely up to you. WordPress doesn’t limit this number …
Note: Select 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 items displayed on your blog page.
To specify the number of blog post entries you would like to have showing on your site’s blog page website, click on Settings > Reading from the WordPress admin menu …
Configure your options in the Reading Settings panel as per the screenshot below:
Modifying The Number Of Posts Showing 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 published post items, then set your options as described below:
- Front page displays: Set this to Your latest posts
- Blog pages show at most: X posts (where “X” is the number of blog posts you want displayed – e.g. “1”, “3”, “7”, “10”, “15” etc …)
- Click the “Save” button when done to update your settings…
How To Change The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog Page
If you are using your WP site as a website, where the front page shows a fixed page and your most recent post entries show up on a separate blog page, then edit your settings 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 blog posts that you want displayed – e.g. “1”, “5”, “7”, “10”, “12” etc …)
- Click the Save Changes button when done …
Now, when visitors land on your site, they will see recently published post entries showing either on your main page or blog page, as per the settings you have specified …
Congratulations! Now you know how to set the amount of published blog posts you would like to have displaying on the blog page|the blog page of your WP website.
If you are a new WordPress user, you may also find the following topic-related posts useful:
View the video version of this tutorial: Video Tutorial – Change The Number of Blog Posts Shown On The Home Page
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