Is it possible to get paged outside of the standard WP loop?

I already use this inside the loop:

<?php if ( $paged >= 2 ) { ?>  Some text for the 2nd page on up  <?php } ?>

But I'd like to be able to echo some text outside the loop on all pages two and greater. Possible? Or a better way?


2 Answers 2


Here you go:

if ( is_paged() )
  echo 'some text';

See http://codex.wordpress.org/Conditional_Tags#A_Paged_Page

  • This works fine inside the loop; I need something that works outside of the loop. Feb 27, 2011 at 22:23
  • 1
    It should work outside The Loop as well, unless you're using query_posts() wrong.
    – scribu
    Feb 27, 2011 at 22:30
  • I'm using the standard WP loop. Feb 27, 2011 at 22:35
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    So, you're saying that it works inside while ( have_posts() ) ... but not before it? Try deactivating all plugins; then try switching to the default theme.
    – scribu
    Feb 27, 2011 at 23:11
  • Argg.... Had another php conditonal for paged higher up in the code that was conflicting. Thanks. Mar 1, 2011 at 17:42

You can make a "second" Loop like this:

<?php $posts = query_posts($query_string); if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post();
  if ($paged >= 2) {echo "your content";}
endwhile; endif; ?>

Now you can use the $paged where ever you want.

Like in the comments quoted this was not the best solution. It was really quick and dirty.

After a little test: You can use $paged outside the loop. But you can query the active page where you want in the code with

<?php get_query_var('paged'); ?>

Because the active page is a parameter of the active URL. For your question:

if (get_query_var('paged') >=2) {
  echo "text for pages from 2 and up";
} else {
  echo "text for the first page";
  • 1
    That's wasteful.
    – scribu
    Feb 27, 2011 at 21:33
  • You are right it is a quick and dirty solution. But it is a solution at all. I think a good way is to output the text in the loop, like in a DIV-Element and place it with CSS.
    – Guru 2.0
    Feb 27, 2011 at 21:38
  • Can't get this to work with the standard WP loop.... Feb 27, 2011 at 22:36

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