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I have a page that uses three queries to retrieve a variety of content. One of those queries grabs posts that are related to the topic of the page. Since these posts can be of all sorts and related through a variety of methods (various magic fields defined values, their category, etc.) I am using a custom query to grab them (something where I build some args and pass them to WP_Query() like so: $collected_child_posts = new WP_Query($args);

Currently I return 5 results at a time (in my args I have 'posts_per_page' => 5) and I want to page those results using ajax so that only that block of results updates when you click a MORE POSTS link.

I implemented this by adding a url to the MORE POSTS button that looks like ?paged=n and then having that retrieved via ajax. Problem is I get the entire page back (including the desired posts) when I only want the posts themselves.

Any ideas on the best way to retrieve just those posts from the subquery without returning the entire page?


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Two options-

load a page fragment using jQuery's load method (see Loading Page Fragments),

or create your own ajax function to load posts and return it in whatever markup you wish:

add_action('wp_ajax_my_ajax_get_posts', 'my_ajax_callback');
add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_my_ajax_get_posts', 'my_ajax_callback');
function my_ajax_callback() {
    $args = $_POST['myargs'];
    $collected_child_posts = new WP_Query($args);
    echo 'some stuff';

pass the admin-ajax url to your javascript via wp_localize_script, or put it directly in your template via admin_url('admin-ajax.php');

then call admin-ajax.php and pass your ajax action:

    $.post(your_ajaxurl, {
        action: 'my_ajax_get_posts',
        myargs: args
    function(data) {

the first method is obviously simpler, but the second is easier on the server since a lot less of WP is loaded to execute an ajax call this way, plus less data is getting sent.

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