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The loop below works fine, apart from the fact that the pagination will always stop on page 6. No matter what arguments i specify, it will never show more than 6 pages.

Does anyone know why?

    $paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;            
    $idxargs = array(
        'posts_per_page' => '1',
        'paged' => $paged,

    $idxloop = new WP_Query( $idxargs );                   

    <?php if ($idxloop->have_posts()) : while ( $idxloop->have_posts() ) : $idxloop->the_post(); ?>                  
        <?php the_title(); ?>                    
    <?php endwhile; ?>

   <?php next_posts_link( __( 'Next') ); ?>
   <?php previous_posts_link( __( 'Prev' ) ); ?>

    <?php endif; ?>
    <?php wp_reset_query(); ?>
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up vote 0 down vote accepted

Trying to use pagination from a different query is always fraught with potential disaster. next_posts_link accepts a second argument, $max_pages, which may solve your issue if you pass it properly:

next_posts_link( __( 'Next'), $idxloop->max_num_pages );

However, the real answer to this question is to adjust your query before the template. Adjusting the default query via a new WP_Query or by using query_posts is quite simply doing it wrong, despite the millions of examples on the web you will see that do exactly that.

The preferred method for this is using a pre_get_posts action along with a conditional check to apply it to the specific type of query you want to adjust:

function wpa64918_homepage_posts_per_page( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_home() && $query->is_main_query() )
        $query->set( 'posts_per_page', 1 );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpa64918_homepage_posts_per_page', 1 );
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Thanks for the answer, but how does that function know what the "is_main_query" is on the page? I have about 3 loops on the homepage (aside from the main 1). – Blackbird Sep 12 '12 at 20:12
the main query is the query that happens before the template is loaded, based on the requested page. WP sets a variable in the query object to identify it as such. see the action reference page to see the general process of how a request is parsed, posts are loaded, then the template is loaded. this is why it's inefficient to call query_posts or create a new query to replace the original, because you're just overwriting or not using a query that's already happened before you ever reached the template. – Milo Sep 12 '12 at 21:04
The function seems to trigger the extra pages in the pagination, but most of the higher numbers are 404 errors. I've cleared my permalinks too... thx for help – Blackbird Sep 15 '12 at 8:37
it's difficult to say without seeing your full template. you've got an issue with your loops polluting the global variables or being used incorrectly somewhere. – Milo Sep 15 '12 at 14:33

How many posts per page have you specified inside your Settings -> Reading screen?

Also, try placing a wp_reset_query(); at the top of your script, too.


Try this loop:

<?php query_posts('posts_per_page=1&paged='.$paged.''); ?>
<?php if(have_posts()) : while(have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
<?php endwhile; ?>
<?php next_posts_link( __( 'Next') ); ?>
<?php previous_posts_link( __( 'Prev' ) ); ?>
<?php endif; ?>
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Changing posts per page in settings seems to trigger something. It was set at 5. Strangely the more i up this setting, the less pages show in pagination (20 only shows 2 pages). I set it to "2" and now i have 16 pages (thought some of these are empty). Seems this is on the right track, thx. – Blackbird Sep 12 '12 at 8:57
Also wp_reset_query(); at top doesn't help. I even deleted all loops before the problem loop. – Blackbird Sep 12 '12 at 8:58

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