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I want to run the loop so that it retrieves posts from only one particular category AND outputs only 4 posts AND excludes the latest one.

To query only one category, I found this:

<?php query_posts('cat=1'); ?> 
<?php if ( have_posts() ) : while (have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?> 
<?php the_content(); ?> 
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

And to exclude the latest post and output only 4 posts, I found this:

<?php query_posts('posts_per_page=4&offset=1'); ?> 
<?php if (have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?> 
<?php the_content(); ?> 
<?php endwhile; endif; ?>

However, I don't know how to combine the two. Can I do that, or is there a better way?

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    Note: It's recommended to us WP_Query() (Rishabh's post) than query_posts(). query_posts() is dirty function.
    – user94212
    May 21, 2016 at 11:42

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Try this code

global $myOffset;
$myOffset = 1;
$paged = get_query_var('paged') ? get_query_var('paged') : 1; //Use 'page' instead of 'paged' if you are on home page

$args = array(
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'cat'=> 1,    //Selecting post category by ID to show
    'posts_per_page' => 4,  //No. of posts to show
    'offset' => $myOffset,  //Eexcluding latest post
    'paged' => $paged       //For pagination
);

$loop = new WP_Query( $args );

while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post();
    the_content(__('Continue Reading'));             
endwhile;
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  • It would be better if you will explain your code a bit!
    – Sumit
    May 21, 2016 at 15:42
  • Hi Sumit! sry for late reply.. Code has been updated with explanation :-)
    – Rishabh
    May 23, 2016 at 6:22

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