By default, when adding <!--nextpage-->, the following links are displayed: Pages: 1 2

I need to replace "Pages:" with a graphic arrow which links back to the previous page, and append a graphic arrow to the end of the links that links to the next page. I'm guessing there's a way to do this in the functions file?

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Just specify an image as the "nextpagelink" and "previouspagelink" instead of the << or >>:

<?php wp_link_pages(array('before' => '<div class="pagenav"><strong>Navigate</strong>', 'after' => '</div>', 'next_or_number' => 'number', 'nextpagelink' => __('<img src="PUT YOUR IMAGE URL HERE" />'), 'previouspagelink' => __('<img src="PUT YOUR IMAGE URL HERE" />'))); ?>

Also, you are correct that by default you are limited to either "Numbers" or "Next/Previous" links but a plugin can extend this: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-pagenavi/

Bonus: Add this to your function.php and it will add a "Nextpage" button next to the "More" button in the WYSIWYG editor:

//  Add Next Page Button to TinyMCE Editor
function wysiwyg_editor($mce_buttons) {
    $pos = array_search('wp_more',$mce_buttons,true);
    if ($pos !== false) {
        $tmp_buttons = array_slice($mce_buttons, 0, $pos+1);
        $tmp_buttons[] = 'wp_page';
        $mce_buttons = array_merge($tmp_buttons, array_slice($mce_buttons, $pos+1));
    return $mce_buttons;

I have to admit that <!--nextpage--> isn't a very well-documented feature (there's not even a button for it in the UI of the post editor!). But it's still incredibly useful and I've used it a few times to break up longer posts on my own site.

According to what documentation exists, though, this tag uses the function wp_link_pages(). This function accepts a few parameters that allow you to style the output as needed.

In your case, you'd want to use the next_page_link and previous_page_link arguments.

So at the bottom of single.php, use the following code to generate your page links:


wp_link_pages( array(
    'before' => '<p>',
    'after' => '</p>',
    'next_or_number' => 'next', 
    'previouspagelink' => ' &laquo; ', 
    'nextpagelink' => ' &raquo;'


This will replace the page numbers with << and >> arrows. It will also remove the "Pages:" text while keeping your links contained within a <p></p> block.


  • Thanks, @EAMann. Just need a bit of clarification. I want this to appear on a "page", rather than on posts, and I need it to be repeatable several times on a particular page (the client wants up to 8-10 page splits per page). Will this code you've given me for the bottom of the page template apply to each instance of a page split on a given page?
    – Ray Gulick
    Sep 3, 2010 at 22:36
  • Also, is it "either" numbers or previous/next links? Can't have both?
    – Ray Gulick
    Sep 3, 2010 at 22:42
  • So a little research tells me it's repeatable (essentially, that's the difference between <!--more--> and <!--nextpage-->). Still wondering if I can display page numbers AND prev/next links.
    – Ray Gulick
    Sep 3, 2010 at 23:04

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