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I am developing the blog-template of my theme, which works as following: The user can input the total post-count to display on each blog-page ($blogpost_count). The blog itself lists post-entries in two different fashions, like so:

  • first, the newest X (X being equal to $blogpost_count) posts are listed regularly with query_posts,
  • then, the following 2 posts are listed with get_posts and an offset equal to $blogpost_count.

Now, the different between both fashions/queries is merely CSS. Meaning, the first list of posts has a certain style, and the second another style. Furthermore, the second list is always offset by the specified $blogpost_count, essentially displaying the adjacent posts - if available.

Here's my issue: This methodology works flawlessly on the first blog page. However, when the user navigates back to view older posts (i.e. with next_posts_link(), ending up on an is_paged() blog page), the offset does not "adjust" to the new number of displayed posts. Because of 'offset' => $blogpost_count, that variable still applies on e.g. the second blog page, even if there is only 1 post listed.

My logic tells me what I need something like this (simplified):

if(!is_paged()) { 
    'offset' => $blogpost_count;
} else {
    'offset' => $number_of_currently_displayed_posts_PLUS_off_all_newer_posts;

I hope I explained myself thoroughly.
Thank you!

EDIT: You can view a static HTML example of the blog-template, to hopefully, visually understand my concept better.

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if(!is_paged()) {      
    $post_offset = $blogpost_count; 
} else {     
    $post_offset = (get_query_var('paged')-1)*2+$blogpost_count; 

   'offset' => $post_offset;
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thanks a lot! This works beautifully. However, there's one minor drawback, and that is, making the previous/next_posts_link(s) understand how and what we're offsetting. This is my current code: pastie.org/3005879 - please read the comments for further understanding. That code solves the: non-paged and paged more-posts being properly offset AND the paged regular posts being also properly offset. – cr0z3r Dec 12 '11 at 16:29

Sorry - answered to myself to soon. My solution partially fixed the offset, but it caused other issues. That said, my issue remains and I truly appreciate any help I can get.

Thank you!

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