How do I determine if I'm on the very first page of pagination? I'm using WP_Pagenavi. I want to run a function only on the first page of the pagination. I checked the query_var 'paged', it's set to 0 on this page, and then 2, 3 and so on in the later pages (1 is missing!)... Anyone knows a clean solution?


// get current page we are on. If not set we can assume we are on page 1.
$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
// are we on page one?
if(1 == $paged) {
  • 3
    This is correct, but calling get_query_var( 'paged' ) twice is redundant. That function's optional second parameter is the default value. So, you could simplify it to: $paged = get_query_var( 'paged', 1 ); – Linnea Huxford Nov 5 '16 at 21:38
  • Aug 2017: This one not working for me, Its outputting 1 on every page. However Michael's answer worked perfect. – Surjith S M Aug 17 '17 at 15:38

if you only want to know that you're on the first page of a paginated page try is_paged():

if ( !is_paged() ) {
  // first page of pagination
  • This one worked for me. (Aug 2017). Somehow answer marked as correct not working.. – Surjith S M Aug 17 '17 at 15:38
  • Excellent, clean and simple. – Trace DeCoy Feb 28 '18 at 9:52

I was looking for a simple way to determine whether or not to use the posts_nav_link() function and all solutions I found online were either too complex or unreliable. For example, many people suggested using the $paged global variable, but I found that this variable returned the same value for the first page, even when the first page was the only page!

So, I dug into the wp-includes/link-template.php file, and found that the posts_nav_link() function simply outputs the return value of another function:

 * Display post pages link navigation for previous and next pages.
 * @since 0.71
 * @param string $sep Optional. Separator for posts navigation links.
 * @param string $prelabel Optional. Label for previous pages.
 * @param string $nxtlabel Optional Label for next pages.
function posts_nav_link( $sep = '', $prelabel = '', $nxtlabel = '' ) {
    $args = array_filter( compact('sep', 'prelabel', 'nxtlabel') );
    echo get_posts_nav_link($args);

Using this knowledge, we can create a simple and effective way to determine whether or not we need to add links to navigate between pages:

$posts_nav = get_posts_nav_link();
if(empty($posts_nav)) {
    // do not use posts_nav_link()
} else {
    // use posts_nav_link()

Originally posted on my blog here.

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