I've created a custom plugin page. On this page, I list posts using wp_query(). It works fine. I want to add pagination, but it doesn't work, even when I'm using the code provided within codex:

// set the "paged" parameter 
$paged = ( get_query_var( 'paged' ) ) ? get_query_var( 'paged' ) : 1;

// the query
$the_query = new WP_Query( 'posts_per_page=2&paged=' . $paged ); 

if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) :

// the loop
while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); 


// next_posts_link() usage with max_num_pages
next_posts_link( 'Older Entries', $the_query->max_num_pages );
previous_posts_link( 'Newer Entries' );

// clean up after the query and pagination

echo 'Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.';
endif; ?>

When clicking on the pagination link, it loads up new page with the same posts. Why is this not working in the wp-admin area?

  • What do the paginated URLs look like? Have you verified that paged is set? – Milo Jan 20 '15 at 18:18
  • @Milo How do I verify if paged is set? The URL looks like: /wp-admin/admin.php?page=plugin_page.php&paged=2 – Christine Cooper Jan 20 '15 at 18:23
  • you could echo get_query_var('paged') to see what it outputs. I'll guess that there is no $wp_query object on your plugin page, so get_query_var won't return anything. you could try $_GET['paged'] instead. – Milo Jan 20 '15 at 18:27
  • @Milo echo $paged did not return anything. I did try: "$paged = ( $_GET['paged'] ) ? $_GET['paged'] : 1;" -- it loads up page 2 correctly, but doesn't go any further, even though there are tons of posts left. Why? We are getting to a solution though. :) – Christine Cooper Jan 20 '15 at 18:38
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    next_posts_link is a front end function. it relies on the $paged global, which is probably not correctly set on some admin pages. you know the number of pages ($the_query->max_num_pages), just output your own pagination links. – Milo Jan 21 '15 at 16:31

Milo noted that there is no $wp_query object in wp-admin page, so we can get $paged via:

$paged = ( $_GET['paged'] ) ? $_GET['paged'] : 1;

Now that we have $paged, we can code our own pagination. I will demonstrate how in its very simplest form.

First let's get maximum pagination pages:

$max_pages = $the_query->max_num_pages;

Then calculate the next page:

$nextpage = $paged + 1;

Finally, let's create our pagination link. We do a basic if statement checking if $max_pages is greater than $paged:

if ($max_pages > $paged) {
    echo '<a href="admin.php?page=plugin-page.php&paged='. $nextpage .'">Load More Topics</a>';

It is as simple as that.


To enable previous page you can simply add:

$prevpage = max( ($paged - 1), 0 ); //max() will discard any negative value
if ($prevpage !== 0) {
   echo '<a href="admin.php?page=plugin-page.php&paged='. $prevpage .'">Previous page</a>';
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    Thanks Christine Cooper, that helped me a lot. I figured out to enable the 'Previous page' link, so I edited the question and added it to upvote the effort. :) – Mayeenul Islam Apr 21 '16 at 6:51
  • @MayeenulIslam Very nice, thanks for the addition! – Christine Cooper Apr 21 '16 at 10:24

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