For a project I have created a custom post type called "episodes", which is registered like this.

 register_post_type( 'episodes',
  'labels' => array(
    'name' => __( 'Episodes' ),
    'singular_name' => __( 'Episode' )
  'public' => true,
  'has_archive' => false,
  'hierarchical' => true,
  'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'episodes'),

I have also created a page called episodes. The idea is that I want a page with some basic information and underneath a grid with 8 episodes which can be clicked through using pagination. To be clear, the content of the episodes page should alway show, even on page 2 or 3 of the grid.

To achieve this I created a page-episodes.php file, copied the content of page.php and added the following code to the page:

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

        $args = array(
            'post_type' => 'episodes',
            'posts_per_page' => 8,
            'paged'          => $paged,

        $query = new WP_Query( $args );

    <div class="row">
<?php if($query->have_posts()) : while($query->have_posts()) : $query->the_post(); ?>
    <div class="col-3 episode">
      <a href="<?php the_permalink()?>">
        <span class="episodeNumber"><?php echo get_field("episode_number", $post->ID)?></span>
        <h1><?php the_title() ?></h1>
  <?php endwhile; endif; ?>

<div class="row">
  <div class="col-12 pagination">
                echo paginate_links();

But whenever I use the pagination and go to /episodes/page/2 for example the page returns the 404.php page.

I hope I have given you enough information, if not please ask. I would really like to know what I'm doing wrong here.

1 Answer 1


WordPress does this for you. You shouldn't need a custom Page template or custom query and pagination.

Just set 'has_archive' to true when registering the post type. Then you automatically get /episodes and /episodes/page/X.

Then you just need to create archive-afleveringen.php for the template, and in that template use the functions for the main query:

<?php if( have_posts()) : while( have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

You also don't need to create your own query or used paged at all.

  • I would like to have the content above the grid/list with episodes editable in the backend, is this possible if I use the archive page?
    – M. Dillen
    May 25, 2018 at 12:46

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