Thank you for your response and it makes sense. We do have WP Popular Posts plugin installed. And I will research the plugin customization at github – thanks!
However, I’m wondering if there’s something missing in our install because I can’t locate Homepage template > Popular Posts Options anywhere. I don’t see it in Sukawati settings or in Customize under Appearance. I’ve looked and looked and looked. (I recently took over this project from another person).
I can send screen captures of what I see, if that would help….