I'm creating custom numbered pagination for custom taxonomy archive page. So, I have no problem with displaying pagination, with proper links display, etc.

However, when I click a link above page number 2 (e.g. page 3, like:


i get 404 - page does not exist.

The category contains over 60 posts, and there should be 8 pages, but only the first and second one are displayed properly




but everything above this gives 404.

This is my WP_Query in this taxonomy template:

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$qobj = get_queried_object();

$args = array(
  'posts_per_page' => 8,
  'orderby' => 'title',
  'tax_query' => array(
          'taxonomy' => $qobj->taxonomy,
          'field' => 'id',
          'terms' => $qobj->term_id
  'paged' => $paged


$wp_query = new WP_Query( $args );

1 Answer 1


Drop your custom query and go back to the default loop. Never replace the main query on the home page or any kind of archive page with a custom query. Use pre_get_posts to alter the main query variables before the main query runs

Your taxonomy archive page should look like this

if ( have_posts() ) {
    while ( have_posts() ) {

        // Your markup and template tags

  • Ill accept this after I test it. Would youcare to elaborate why this is - why custom query is a bad idea?
    – tonino.j
    May 17, 2015 at 23:14
  • 1
    You should read this post. I have explained everything in there. Hope that will answer your question beter :-). Enjoy May 18, 2015 at 3:50

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