I want to display all posts starting from a certain offset, my query is:

WP_Query( array(
    'posts_per_page'    => -1,
    'offset'            => 20,
    'cat'               => 5,
) );

This query shows all posts without starting from the offset value. Whys is that?

  • What happens if you do posts_per_page=200?
    – Howdy_McGee
    Mar 2, 2016 at 19:26
  • @Howdy_McGee Works properly. But why not work with a value of -1 ?
    – rapidpage
    Mar 2, 2016 at 19:31
  • See my answer, you may also try using nopaging => true or paged => 1 to see if that also works with offset and your -1 value.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Mar 2, 2016 at 19:36

1 Answer 1


The offset index for WP_Query generally works with pagination. When you set pagination to a -1 the function assumes you're getting all posts and there will be no pagination or offset. So to counteract this you would set the posts_per_page to a high number like 999. Reading the Function Reference on WP_Query the pagination section says:

'posts_per_page'=>-1 to show all posts (the 'offset' parameter is ignored with a -1 value). Set the ‘paged’ parameter if pagination is off after using this parameter.

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