As we’ve discussed in previous posts, by default, WordPress treats your site as a “blog” and shows your latest published content on the front page, unless you specify a page as a static front page.
In another post, we have also explained how to create a WordPress blog page to show your latest blog post entries.
Whether you choose to make blog posts on your home page or your blog page, With WordPress you can specify the number of published post entries to display on these pages (i.e. “1”, “4”, “15” etc …)
Your WP site will then display your blog posts on your blog page up to the maximum number of items you have set, even if your website or blog contains more posts than the number of items set to display …
Being able to set the number of post items can display on your blog page can be useful.
For example, you can display only the latest post item you have published. This can be handy 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 a local sports competition, post an upcoming event, set up a quarterly team page for announcements, etc …
You can also use this feature to fill an ugly 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 posts to display on main blog page.
Let’s show you, then, how easy it is to change how many blog posts will show on your site’s blog page.
Tutorial: The Number Of Blog Posts Displayed On Your WP Blog Page
WordPress lets you specify how many blog posts you want to have displaying on the blog page of your web site.
How many posts you want displayed is entirely up to you. there is no limit to this number …
Note: We recommend that you select a sensible setting that won’t overload your page as the entries load on your site. You can always raise or lower the number of items displayed.
To specify the number of posts you would like to display on the blog page site, choose Settings > Reading from your WordPress navigation menu …
Configure the settings in the Reading Settings page as shown below:
How To Change The Number Of Posts On Your Main Page
If you are using your WordPress site as a blog (i.e. the default WordPress option), where the home page shows your latest blog posts, 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 post items that you want to show – e.g. “1”, “5”, “7”, “10”, “12” etc …)
- Click the “Save” button when finished to update your settings…
How To Edit The Number Of Posts Showing On Your Blog Page
If you are using your site as a website, where the main page displays a fixed page and your newest posts display 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 items you want to display – e.g. “1”, “5”, “7”, “10”, “15” etc …)
- Click the Save Changes button when done to update your settings …
Now, when visitors land on your website, they will see blog post entries showing either on your home page or blog page, up to the maximum number of posts you have specified …
Congratulations! Now you know how to set the number of blog posts you want listed on the blog page|the blog page of your web site.
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