How To Add Numeric WordPress Pagination Post and Custom Post Type Query

How to include pagination in a Wordpress Custom Post Type Query

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WordPress Pagination Done Right

In this post I’m going to provide you how to add numeric WordPress Pagination to your blog roll page, without relying on any plugins. The numeric pagination code I am going to provide is the code used on this site (if you click blog at the top, and scroll to the bottom you will see what I’m talking about). I am writing this post because I find more often than not, people have a difficult time adding pagination to an existing site. I always come across at least one or two posts a day in the WordPress.org Support Forums asking something like “How do I add pagination to my blog page?”, “How can I add those numbers to the bottom of my blog page so users can navigate between posts?” or “How can I split my blog into multiple pages?”. It seems most people prefer the numeric WordPress pagination as opposed to the default ‘Previous Page’ and ‘Next Page’ pagination with no real feedback of the current page the user is on.

The basic pagination with the two links ‘Next Page’ and ‘Previous Page’ are easy to implement, and the codex pages on them are great, but they don’t look all that great. And think about when a user reaches your page, finds an article on page 8 and leaves. They come back only to realize they have to continuously hit ‘Next Page’ until they reach the proper page containing that post. Imagine how frustrating and annoying that would be. This is poor UX design and should be avoided, as it could potentially deter users from coming back in future.

Initial Setup: The Custom Query

The first, and most important step of the pagination process, is to make sure that you have set up your custom WP_Query properly and the query is returning post data. Here is a basic example of a query being run: