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I'm getting products (from a specific category) using a custom query_posts() function. I limited the showposts parameter to 25, so how do I know to activate pagination if there are still products (posts) to load?

My query_posts() code looks as follows:

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'product',
    'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',
    'term' => $idObj->slug, // category slug
    'showposts' => 25,
    'orderby' => 'title',
    'order' => 'asc',
    'paged' => $paged  // global $paged variable

$all_products = query_posts( $args );

And then I output my products using a foreach statement:

foreach ($all_products as $product) {...}

I put this function in my functions.php, but $paged nor $max_pages don't seem to be set. So I get false from this function.

Now, can anyone maybe point me in some direction, as I've got no clue.

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I guess showposts is deprecated... You should use posts_per_page... – Rutwick Gangurde Jun 13 '12 at 11:20
I've tried, but it doesn't work as expected. – Anriëtte Myburgh Jun 18 '12 at 9:23
up vote 4 down vote accepted

First of all: do not use query_post!

For more information read: When should you use WP_Query vs query_posts() vs get_posts()?

Use the WP_Query class to fetch your products, also pay attention that the showposts argument is deprecated, use posts_per_page instead:

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'product',
    'taxonomy' => 'product_cat',
    'term' => $idObj->slug, // category slug
    'posts_per_page' => 25,
    'orderby' => 'title',
    'order' => 'asc',
    'paged' => $paged  // global $paged variable

$all_products = new WP_Query( $args );

// The Loop
while ( $all_products->have_posts() ) : $all_products->the_post();
    // do stuff here...

// Reset $post global

To get the total number of found posts use the $found_posts property. And if you need the total amount of pages use the $max_num_pages property.

$found_posts = $all_products->found_posts;
$max_pages = $all_products->max_num_pages;
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The correct reset function for a custom query via a new WP_Query object is wp_reset_postdata(). Refer to the codex or to Rarst's flowchart you linked to. Fixed. Also, while I was at it, note that "fields of query" are properties. – Johannes Pille Jun 13 '12 at 12:02
@JohannesPille thanks! – Eugene Manuilov Jun 13 '12 at 12:07

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