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How to Display Any Number of Posts in a WordPress Loop

The Loop is used by WordPress to display each of your posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each of the posts to be displayed on the current page and formats them according to how they match specified criteria within The Loop tags. Normally, the number of posts to be displayed is set in your WordPress Admin Panel Settings area under the readings tab. But in this article, we will show you how to override that number by using a Super Loop which will allow you to display any number of posts in that specific WordPress loop. This will allow you to customize the display of your pages including author profiles, sidebars, and more.

Open a template file where you would like to place the posts and then simply add this loop:

// if everything is in place and ready, let's start the loop
<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

// to display 'n' number of posts, we need to execute the loop 'n' number of times
// so we define a numerical variable called '$count' and set its value to zero
// with each iteration of the loop, the value of '$count' will increase by one
// after the value of '$count' reaches the specified number, the loop will stop
// *USER: change the 'n' to the number of posts that you would like to display

<?php static $count = 0;
if ($count == "n") { break; }
else { ?>

// for CSS styling and layout purposes, we wrap the post content in a div
// we then display the entire post content via the 'the_content()' function
// *USER: change to '<?php the_excerpt(); ?>' to display post excerpts instead

<div class="post">
<?php the_title(); ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>

// here, we continue with the limiting of the number of displayed posts
// each iteration of the loop increases the value of '$count' by one
// the final two lines complete the loop and close the if statement

<?php $count++; } ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

And you are done. This code will be very helpful to you specially when designing the author’s template because you would want to control the number of posts displayed in each loop.

Source: Super Loop for WordPress

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  1. Please I need help from you guys on how to go about this. the problem is that while i have set a static front page on my Desktop view using a different theme which is Admag magazine and blog theme it appears fine and i like it but my mobile view which i used carrington theme displays nothing & when i try to call up posts on it it displays the link to the page i used on my desktop view which continues to open same link without showing any post. please who can help me find my way here. thanks in advance.
    This is my site please help me. its good on desktop but cant call up posts on mobile front page.

  2. global $wp_query;
    $args = array_merge( $wp_query->query_vars, array( ‘posts_per_page’ => ‘6’ ) );
    query_posts( $args );
    query_posts( $args );

    Inspired from here

  3. I want to show 2 Post in Home Pages and 5 Posts in all other archive pages (Like Tag, Category and search results).

  4. Thanks for this tutorial. Just one question though, my posts for some reason only show 50 at most on one page, if I set “n” to anything less than 50 it shows only that number of posts but anything more than 50 it stops at 50.

  5. Thank you very nice code i used this code in my blog to times , to show limit posts in homepage and in sidebar > the code work correctly without any problem . it is very simple code to use

  6. It seems that, although I can alter the number of posts displayed using your method, the “number of posts setting” in the admin panel under Settings > Reading still sets the maximum.
    So, for instance, if I set that number to 20 in my wp-admin panel and then within my template I set $count to equal any number OVER 20, it will still only show 20 posts. I can, however, set $count in my template to equal a number UNDER 20 and it will only show that amount of posts. So, the number in the admin panel seems to be the maximum. Is there a workaround for this? Thanks

  7. hi team,
    row #28 is missing “++”. It should be: count++
    otherwise thank you, that was exactly what I was looking.

  8. Is there any button in the menu…. that make us easiest to edit number of post in wordpress?

    • Yes you could do that through the posts_per_page function in query_posts … this method will allow you to customize each post on the display and much more.


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