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I'm trying to create a counter that will display the page number followed by the page count of a category page, where there is 1 post per page. For example if there are 10 posts in a category: 1/10, 2/10, etc. I was able to display the page number using the code supplied by @PieterGoosen (How to use global post counter in the loop?) but I'm having difficulty figuring out how to display the page count.

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You should be able to get that number from the same $wp_query object:

global $wp_query;
$num_pages = $wp_query->found_posts;

$num_pages will contain the total count that matches your category (or whatever other criteria you're using).

If you're just looking to get a string you can display, this modified version of the function will work.

function get_post_number()
{
    global $wp_query;

    /*
     * Get current page number. Set page 1 to one as get_query_var( 'paged' ) will be 0
     */
    $current_page_number   = get_query_var( 'paged' ) ? get_query_var( 'paged' ) : 1;
    /* 
     * Get the posts_per_page option that is set under "Reading"
     */
    $posts_per_page        = get_option( 'posts_per_page' );
    /*
     * Get the current post position in the loop, add 1 because the counter starts at 0
     */
    $current_post_position = $wp_query->current_post + 1;

    /*
     * If this is page one, return the post position as is
     */
    if ( $current_page_number == 1 )
        return $current_post_position;

    /*
     * Calculate the post number on paged pages
     */
    return ( ( $posts_per_page * ( $current_page_number - 1 ) ) + $current_post_position ). '/' . $wp_query->found_posts;
}
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  • Sorry, my php is pretty sketchy. So I add that code to my function. How do I get $num_pages to display in my content.php? Thanks. May 14, 2015 at 17:34
  • Are you using the function from that post verbatim? May 14, 2015 at 17:42
  • Yes. I didn't change anything except add the bit you have me. May 14, 2015 at 17:55
  • I see where you're coming from. get_posts_number will have the entire thing I want to show. The part I'm not sure about is what to add to the result in the function. May 14, 2015 at 18:16
  • I've edited the post with a modified version of the function that will return page/total as a string. May 14, 2015 at 19:49

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