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If I click a random tag I want the tag page to list only 20 posts that is related to that tag and paginate it.

 * The template for displaying Tag Archive pages.

get_header(); ?>

        <div id="container">
            <div id="content" role="main">

                <h1 class="page-title"><?php
                    printf( __( 'Tag Archives: %s', 'twentyten' ), '<span>' . single_tag_title( '', false ) . '</span>' );

<?php $paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$args = array( 'orderby' => 'title', 'order' => 'ASC', 'post_type' => 'post', 'posts_per_page' => 20, 'paged' => $paged );
$wp_query = new WP_Query($args);
while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

        <div <?php post_class() ?>>
                <ul><li id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>"><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></li>
                <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>" ><?php the_post_thumbnail(thumbnail); ?></a></ul>


        <?php endwhile; ?>
      <?php if (function_exists("pagination")) {
} ?>

            </div><!-- #content -->

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>

The problem with this code is it's listing all the posts and not posts that are related to that tag. Can anyone help me fix?

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You're overwriting the main query with a new query where you don't specify any tag parameters, which is why you're seeing all posts and not those specific to the tag you're viewing. The answer-

Do not modify the main query in the template.

There's almost never a legitimate reason to have to modify the main query this way. Remove the 3 lines starting from $paged = and ending with $wp_query = new WP_Query($args);.

Use the pre_get_posts action to modify any query parameters before the main query is run.

Put the following code in your theme's functions.php:

function wpa101549_tag_query( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_tag() && $query->is_main_query() ) {
        $query->set( 'posts_per_page', 20 );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpa101549_tag_query' );

This will run before the database is queried, if a tag page is being viewed, and it is the main query.

Additionally, you'll have to correct your pagination function call. This:


is calling the pagination function and passing $additional_loop->max_num_pages, but there is no $additional_loop defined anywhere in your template. It should be:

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