Anyone implemented this successfully? I want to include the <!--nextpage--> within a single post loop as a shortcode. I tried to echo it, the tag shows up but the post doesn't get divided into pages.

I need to able to echo do_shortcode('[nextpage]'); within the single.php and actually divide it into different pages...

  • The closest you are going to come here is using the approach by @birgire. I don't think what you are trying to do will work because you cannot split the_content() in such a way Apr 12, 2015 at 14:27
  • have you find the method @DavidReis ? cause im looking for it too
    – fahmial
    Feb 13, 2017 at 9:10

1 Answer 1


Using the the_posts filter:

Here's one idea using the the_posts filter, that fires before setup_postdata() is activated:

 * Replace [nextpage] with <!--nextpage--> through the 'the_posts' filter.
 * @see http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/183980/26350

! is_admin() && add_filter( 'the_posts', function( $posts )
    $posts = array_map( function( $p )
        if ( false !== strpos( $p->post_content, '[nextpage]' ) )
            $p->post_content = str_replace( '[nextpage]', '<!--nextpage-->', $p->post_content ); 
        return $p;
    }, $posts );
    return $posts;

The reason why your approach doesn't work, is that your [nextpage] shortcode is generated after the setup_postdata(), that handles the post pagination, has checked for <!--nextpage--> in the post content.


Here I test it with some WordPress Lorem Ipsum:


with the following output on the front-end of the TwentyFifteen default theme:


  • Thanks @birgire should i copy that to my functions.php and then just do_shortcode [nextpage] on my single template?
    – David Reis
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:21
  • didnt work for me...
    – David Reis
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:33
  • try to add this code snippet into the functions.php or better yet as a plugin. This approach doesn't need you to define [nextpage] as a shortcode. So try to add [nextpage] in the post content and see what happens on the front-end.
    – birgire
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:36
  • @DavidReis did some testing, seems to work as expected
    – birgire
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:55
  • hmm still doesnt work.
    – David Reis
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:58

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