I came across a strange problem while working on my dev environment for a site we're making. We have custom post types, so I'm not sure if that's the reason why it's not working correctly. However, I managed to get the posts to display 5 at a time instead of normal 10. However, in one of the categories, it only displays 10 out of 20 posts. What's weird is that if I go to a different category, it'll run correctly.

    <?php echo category_description(); ?> 
<?php if (have_posts()) : ?> 
<?php $i = 0; while (have_posts() && $i < 5) : the_post(); ?> 
<div class = "post">
  <h3 class="listing-<?php the_ID(); ?>"> <br>
<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title(); ?>"> <?php the_title(); ?> </a>   </h3>  </br> 
<div class = "city"> <b> City:</b> <?php $City = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'City', true); echo $City;?>   </div>
<div class = "price"> <b> Price:</b> <?php $Price = get_post_meta($post->ID, 'Price', true); echo $Price;?> </div> 
<div class = "rating">  <?php wp_gdsr_render_article(); ?> </div>
</div>   <br>
<?php $i++; endwhile; ?>
<div class="navigation">
 <div class="alignleft">
<?php previous_posts_link(); ?>
<?php next_posts_link(); ?>

Answer: Thanks for the help everyone!

The way to get around it is to go to: WP Dashboard > Settings > Reading and change the number at "blog pages show at most" option to the number of pages to display.

  • The number of post displayed is controlled first by the number set in the reading settings and can be overridden in your query using posts_per_page
    – Chris_O
    May 6, 2011 at 17:32

1 Answer 1


The problem is that your query is selecting 10 posts per page, but you're only limiting the view to 5, so you're losing 5 posts per page. The proper way to change the number of posts per page is to modify the query before the loop:

$myquery = wp_parse_args($query_string);
$myquery['posts_per_page'] = 5;
    if (have_posts()) : // etc.
  • Thanks Chris and Milo - unfortunately after I tried the query posts_per_page it remains the same. For the category I'm having issues with, I noticed it says "Nothing found..for category...page 3."
    – Nina
    May 6, 2011 at 17:48
  • have you changed while (have_posts() && $i < 5) to while (have_posts()) to verify that posts per page is being set correctly?
    – Milo
    May 6, 2011 at 18:10
  • Sorry, I did change it back to while (have_posts()) but it didn't do anything different. It still displayed up to 10 posts_per_page, but never makes it to 20 posts.
    – Nina
    May 6, 2011 at 18:33

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