Have a strange problem with pagination, the query work fine when I'm in homepage, but if click for the next page I get a 404 error. Disabling permalinks settings, I saw that in the query string (when I move on to the next page), then I have ?paged=2 as query argument, but not post_type=job_listing (in this case). Here is my code:

global $wp_query, $paged;

if ( get_query_var( 'paged' ) )
    $paged = get_query_var( 'paged' );
    $paged = 1;

if ( get_query_var( 'post_type' ) )
    $post_type = get_query_var( 'post_type' );
    $post_type = 'job_listing';

$args = array(
   'post_type' => $post_type,
   'paged'     => $paged,

query_posts( $args );

And then I have a normal loop cycle and a wp_reset_query() at the end. The problem is that when open a pagination link the url look like www.example.com/?paged=2 and not www.example.com/?post_type=job_listing&paged=2 which works if I type it manually.

I tried everything to make it work but it keeps ignoring the post_type var in all pages.


1 Answer 1


I think your problem is at the following lines:

if ( get_query_var( 'post_type' ) )
    $post_type = get_query_var( 'post_type' );
    $post_type = 'job_listing';

Your post_type var will probably already being set, so you are calling some different post type (the one stored inside the query_vars array with the post_type key), which maybe does not have a second page and therefore leads you to your 404. You can simply

var_dump( $GLOBALS['wp_query'] );


printf( '<pre>%s</pre>', var_export( $GLOBALS['wp_query'], TRUE ) );`

depending on your debugging setup and take a look at the output to see what goes wrong in detail.

Aside from that, I'd

  1. Use get_posts() or new WP_Query() to not mess up the main query (query_posts() is a private function reserved for core usage).
  2. Set the query var fixed for that query:

    $post_type = 'job_listing';
  • 1
    Or just use archive-{post-type}.php, and not worry about custom-loop pagination issues. Apr 18, 2014 at 13:51
  • @ChipBennett You know that this should be an answer, right? At least I know it's the answer :)
    – kaiser
    Apr 18, 2014 at 18:09
  • I think it is, yes. But I'm still waiting for a response to my comment above, so that I can post it as the correct answer. Apr 18, 2014 at 20:08

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