# of posts displayed on front page?

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  • #847135

    ericw2
    Member

    I want to make it so only the 3 or 5 most recent posts show up and the rest are archived, can’t seem to figure out how to do so. thanks!

    The blog I need help with is merrymeetingriver.wordpress.com.

    #847256

    timethief
    Member

    Staff have introduced “infinite scroll” to some themes and will be implementing it on all themes that have a suitable structure for infinite scroll. This is a site wide change.
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/to-infinity?replies=137 If you have a theme with footer widgets you can use a workaround to regain control over how many posts are displayed on the front page of your blog.

    If you have a theme with footer widgets all you need to do is install an empty text widget into any footer area for widgets. Once you have done that your number of posts set on the Settings > Reading page will prevail.

    If you have a theme with footer widgets then you can switch to a theme with footer widgets so then you will be able to drop an empty text widget into a single footer widget area. Then you can regain control of how many posts display on the front page of the blog and the number you enter on Settings > Reading page will prevail..

    #847257

    timethief
    Member

    I missed a word in the last paragraph above …

    “If you don’t have a theme with footer widgets …”

    #847344

    ericw2
    Member

    well, that did help. I am using the twenty eleven theme. I set it for 3 posts to be shown but it shows seven for some reason. thoughts?
    thanks a lot, at least I dont have ALL th eposts there!

    #847347

    ericw2
    Member

    nevermind, I got it.thanks a lot, i appreciate it!

    #847349

    hopeeternal
    Member

    I think this post might answer my current problem too. I am using Mistylook. Under Settings > Reading I have set ‘Syndication feeds show the most recent 10 posts’
    but recently on going back through posts using either ‘older’ or pasting in a URL such as http://hopeeternal.wordpress.com/page/10/
    I get just 7 posts from 2009 before it jumps forward to posts that are much more recent (the earliest is always 11 Nov 2011 although there have been more later than that date that do not appear).
    Is this what you mean by infinite scroll? Posts certainly continue to appear when I drag the bar down.
    Is there any way in Mistylook I can turn this off, please.
    I am not much of a techie so simple explanations would be welcomed!!
    Thanks for your help.
    hopeeternal
    http://hopeeternal.wordpress.com

    #847355

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    No, you cannot turn off infinite scroll on Misty Look.

    That theme has no footer widgets.

    On a theme that does have footer widgets, you could insert a widget on the bottom (even just an empty text widget) so you could again control the number of posts viewable on a page.

    #847362

    hopeeternal
    Member

    Oh dear. I thought that might be the case as I have never seen any reference to footer widgets on my dashboard page. I will see how I get on otherwise I suppose the only option would be to change theme.
    I appreciate your help – thanks
    hopeeternal

    #847363

    timethief
    Member

    For some other theme possibilities see here > Sidebars and other widget areas: number and position

    #847364

    hopeeternal
    Member

    Thank you timethief – you are always most helpful!
    What I would really like is to add my dismay to the long list at
    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/to-infinity?replies=137
    but the thread is now closed.
    … and to ask WP to make this an option rather than imposing it on everyone, especially those of us who cannot turn it off!
    Your long list is very helpful, but I am not sure which ones with one sidebar have the widget I need to add that turns this off – and I am also concerned about losing data as I transfer.
    hopeeternal

    #847366

    timethief
    Member

    All of our blogs have text widgets.

    #847367

    timethief
    Member

    You select a theme that has footer widget areas. You install an empty text widget into any footer area for widgets on that theme > Apearance > Widgets. Once you have done that your number of posts set on the Settings > Reading page will prevail.

    #847369

    hopeeternal
    Member

    Sorry timethief. Perhaps I have not used the right terminology. I have a sidebar on Mistylook with text widgets but understand that I cannot turn off this scrolling using the theme. It would be interesting to know of any themes could I consider changing to that are similar (with just one sidebar) but also let me use the widget I need to turn off the scrolling.
    h/e

    #847370

    hopeeternal
    Member

    … by that I mean footer widgets (have just looked back over this discussion)!
    h/e

    #847371

    hopeeternal
    Member

    Apologies – your reply has crossed with mine. Thanks for the info. When I get some time I will look into another theme, unless WP come to their senses in the meantime!
    Thanks for the help, again.
    h/e

    #847372

    They added the option to turn off infinite scroll on the Twenty Eleven theme. You can find it under Settings/Reading. When you turn it off, you can then set the number of blog posts you wish to appear on the front page.

    #847373

    timethief
    Member

    I provided that information in my first comment made in this thread https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/of-posts-displayed-on-front-page?replies=16#post-841921

    #847375

    timethief
    Member

    @hopeeternal

    When I get some time I will look into another theme, unless WP come to their senses in the meantime!

    I hope you understand this is a site wide change. Staff will be implementing infinite scroll on all themes that are suitablly structured to accomodate it. The only workaround for disabling it provided thus far is only appicable to themes that have footer widgets.

    #847376

    Sorry, Timethief, I didn’t realize that option appears only if you have footer widgets. I’m not using any footer widgets on mine, but I might have had one at the time I turned off infinite scrolling.

    #847378

    hopeeternal
    Member

    I am starting to get confused – sorry – but think I understand now…
    As far as I understood Mistylook had not got footer widgets. I plan to eventually try to find a theme that has them. Any suggestions would be gratefully received of ones with footer widgets and a single sidebar (and which will let me choose to add my own image at the top).
    Thanks again
    h/e

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