How to Limit the Number of Posts in WordPress RSS Feed


Recently one of our users asked if there was a way to limit the number of posts displayed in RSS feed of their WordPress site. RSS feeds provide your users an easier way to subscribe to your site. However, sometimes you may want to limit the number of posts user can view in RSS feed, so it encourages them to visit your site. In this article, we will show you how to limit the number of posts displayed in RSS feed of your WordPress site.

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First thing you need to do is go to Settings » Reading page in your WordPress menu.

Next, you need to change the value next to ‘Syndication feeds show the most recent’ option. Simply enter the number of posts you want to be shown in RSS feed.

Changing number of posts displayed in WordPress RSS feed

Below this option you will also see the option to show either the full text or summary of your posts in RSS feeds. We recommend using summary because it reduces the feed size and increases your pageview. After that you need to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

That’s all, you have successfully limited the number of posts displayed in RSS feed of your site. You may also want to take a look at our guide on how to add post thumbnails in RSS feed, and how to add social buttons into your RSS feed. If you are using FeedBurner for RSS feeds on your site, then we would like you to checkout our article on FeedBurner alternatives.

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