I'm building currently a website on WordPress. The site has a custom post type. I have a customized search form, which selects entries from custom post type. Entries are being selected and sorted as they are supposed to, however on my search result page (job-search.php) I need a pagination, and it's not working, although same codes works fine on other pages. I see page number changing in browser's search bar, but I always see entries from first page.

Code for search form and query for custom post type with specified selections and filtering (inside job-search.php):

 * Template Name:job-search

    <form method="get" action="<?php echo site_url('/'); ?>/job-search" >
        <input type="search" name="job-name" placeholder="Job..." />
        <input type="search" name="town-name" placeholder="Town..." />
        <select type="search" name="date">
            <option value="DESC">Datum absteigend</option>
            <option value="ASC">Datum aufsteigend</option>      
            <input type="checkbox" name="cat[]" value="IT, Telekommunikation" />IT, Telekommunikation
            <input type="checkbox" name="cat[]" value="Ingenieur, Technik" />Ingenieur, Technik
            <input type="checkbox" name="cat[]" value="Handwerk, Gewerbe" />Handwerk, Gewerbe
        <input type="submit" value="Search">

    $jobName = $_GET['job-name'];
    $jobTown = $_GET['town-name'];
    $jobDate = $_GET['date'];

    if($_GET['cat'] && !empty($_GET['cat'])){
        $jobCat = $_GET['cat'];
        $jobCat = array('Vertrieb, Verkauf', 'IT, Telekommunikation', 'Ingenieur, Technik', 'Personalwesen', 'Bildung, Soziales', 'Einkauf, Logistik', 'Handwerk, Gewerbe', 'Führungskräfte', 'Marketing, PR', 'Medizin, Pflege', 'Finanzen, Steuern, Recht', 'Kaufmännische Berufe', 'Luft- und Raumfahrt, Reise', 'Ausbildung', '');
<h1 style="font-size:1.5em; font-weight:bold; border-bottom:2px solid green; color:green; margin-bottom:20px;">wp_query_search results</h1>
    $paged = ( get_query_var('paged') ) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
    $q1 = array(
        'post_type' => 'jobs',
        's' => $jobName,
        'posts_per_page' => 10,
        'paged' => $paged,
        'meta_key' => 'date',
        'orderby' => 'meta_value',
        'order' => $jobDate,
        'meta_query' => array (
            'relation' => 'AND',
                'key' => 'town',
                'value' => $jobTown,
                'compare' => 'LIKE'
                'relation' => 'OR',
                    'key' => 'cat_1',
                    'value' => $jobCat
                    'key' => 'cat_2',
                    'value' => $jobCat
    $query = new WP_Query($q1);
    if($query->have_posts()) : while($query->have_posts()) : $query->the_post();?>
        <h2 style="color:brown; font-weight:bold; border-bottom:1px dotted brown;"><?php the_field('title'); ?></h2>
        <h3><?php the_field('town'); ?></h3>
        <h4><?php the_field('cat_1'); ?> | <?php the_field('cat_2'); ?></h4>
        <h5><?php the_field('date'); ?></h5>
    <?php endwhile;

    if (function_exists(search_pagination)) {

    endif; wp_reset_query(); ?>

<?php get_footer(); ?>

Code for Pagination (inside functions.php):

function search_pagination($numpages = '', $pagerange = '', $paged='') {
  if (empty($pagerange)) {
    $pagerange = 2;
  if (empty($paged)) {
    $paged = 1;
  if ($numpages == '') {
    //global $wp_query;
    //$numpages = $wp_query->max_num_pages;
    $numpages = $query->max_num_pages;
    if(!$numpages) {
        $numpages = 1;
  $pagination_args = array(
    'base'            => get_pagenum_link(1) . '%_%',
    'format'          => '/page/%#%',
    'total'           => $numpages,
    'current'         => $paged,
    'show_all'        => False,
    'end_size'        => 1,
    'mid_size'        => $pagerange,
    'prev_next'       => True,
    'prev_text'       => __('&laquo;'),
    'next_text'       => __('&raquo;'),
    'type'            => 'plain',
    'add_args'        => false,
    'add_fragment'    => ''

  $paginate_links = paginate_links($pagination_args);

  if ($paginate_links) {
    echo "<nav class='custom-pagination'>";
      echo $paginate_links;
    echo "</nav>";

I truly need help and advices. Thanks a lot in advance!


From your job-search.php replace 'posts_per_page' => 10, to 'posts_per_page' => 3,

and Simply add this following code in your search page, i mean where you are searching the posts.

the_posts_pagination( array( 'mid_size'  => 2 ) );

Everything looks like things I've used in a similar fashion. The only thing, is, I believe the function_exists parameter needs to pass a string. It should be:

if ( function_exists('search_pagination') ) {

Looks like the way you had it wouldn't register it as a string.

  • Hi, thanks for answering, but it didn't solve anything. The problem still persists. Got any other idea? – RomanT Jan 16 '17 at 21:14
  • 1
    The problem with custom pagination is usually the fact that the "paged" value gets dumped entirely, so get_query_var might be your weak point. You may need to request it in another way. – socki03 Jan 16 '17 at 21:18

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