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Hi I have page displaying 20 featured images and info of a specific category, I wish to able to have pagination so I can have multiple pages for the category.

How do I do this? I cant seem to get it work.

Any help would be appreciated


<?php get_header(); ?>
<div class="modus-grid">
     <?php query_posts(array('category__in' => array(5), 'posts_per_page' => 20)); ?>
            <?php if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

                    <?php $currentid = get_the_id(); ?>

                    <div class="grid-box grid-block mod-box width33">

                        <div class="view view-first">                                
                                <?php if (get_the_post_thumbnail($currentid, array(167, 167)) != "") { ?>

                                   <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" /><?php echo get_the_post_thumbnail($currentid, array(300,600)); ?></a>
                                <?php } else { ?> 
                                    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" /><img src='<?php bloginfo('template_url') ?>/images/default.png' alt='Default'/></a>
                                <?php } ?>

                            <div class="mask">  
                                <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>"><?php echo get_the_title($currentid); ?></a></h2>
                                <p><?php echo get_the_excerpt( $post->parent ); ?></p>
                                <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" class="info">Read More...</a>


            <div class="clearfix">
<?php get_footer(); ?>
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What template file is this, and why are you using query_posts()? – Chip Bennett Nov 29 '12 at 13:40
possible duplicate of Pagination not working with custom loop – Chip Bennett Nov 29 '12 at 13:44
I created a custom page template for the yootheme master theme. I used query_posts because that's the only way I know how to do it. My php is not very good. – MrThunder Nov 29 '12 at 13:49

The problem exists because you are using query_posts(), instead of properly filtering the main query via pre_get_posts.

Remove your query_posts() call from the template file, then add the following to functions.php:

function wpse74325_pre_get_posts( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_main_query() && is_category( 5 ) ) {
        $query->set( 'posts_per_page', '20' );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpse74325_pre_get_posts' );

This function will properly modify the main query object, before retrieving posts, allowing WordPress to assign pagination properly.

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You are not passing any pagination parameters. Like this, from the Codex...

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$query = new WP_Query( 'paged=' . $paged );

Notice that code uses WP_Query not query_posts. Don't use query_posts. It is pretty much never the best choice for creating a loop.

The top of your Loop should look like...

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$my_query = new WP_Query(array('category__in' => array(5), 'posts_per_page' => 20,'paged'=>$paged)); ?>
    <?php if ($my_query->have_posts()) : while ($my_query->have_posts()) :
         the_post(); ?>

And then the rest of your loop.

You probably also want next_posts_link and previous_posts_link.

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Hi, thanks a lot for help, when I tried the code it created a never ending page I obviously did it wrong. – MrThunder Nov 29 '12 at 19:12
Here is the code < i160.photobucket.com/albums/t195/rt840/tedwdws.jpg > – MrThunder Nov 29 '12 at 19:24
There is no need to use a custom query when the main query is the one intended to be modified. Let the template system do its job. :) – Chip Bennett Oct 30 '13 at 20:55
@ChipBennett : It isn't clear that this is a category archive page, and given that the category is hard-coded-- array(5)-- I am guessing that it is not, which conclusion is supported by the first sentence of the question. – s_ha_dum Oct 30 '13 at 21:02
Ah, well if it's the case that it's a custom page template, the solution is covered here. – Chip Bennett Oct 30 '13 at 21:49

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