Original Url: https://www.something.com/category/ftm-atf/

When I add pagination in, the following url is generated which results in a 404:

Paginated Url: https://www.something.com/category/ftm-atf/page/2/

The code is located in category.php and looks like the following:

$category = get_category( get_query_var( 'cat' ) );
'post_type' => 'video',
'showposts' => 6,
'post_status' => 'publish',
'tax_query' => array(
'taxonomy' => 'category',
'field' => 'term_id',
'terms' => array($category->term_id)
<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?> 


<?php endwhile;?>

paginate_links(array('total'=> $wp_query->max_num_pages));

I've tried various solutions to no avail, so I feel like something basic is being missed. Essentially, all I need to have happen is to restrict to 6 posts per page, and allow simple pagination.

Thank you so much!


if your aim is to restrict the category archive to your post_type 'video' and to 6 posts per page, do not edit category.php, rather use 'pre_get_posts' https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/pre_get_posts/

example code for your case:

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'category_post_type_video_custom' );
function category_post_type_video_custom( $query ) {
    if ( ! is_admin() && $query->is_main_query() ) {
        // Not a query for an admin page.
        // It's the main query for a front end page of your site.
        if ( is_category() ) {
            // It's the main query for a category archive.
            // Let's change the query for category archives.
            $query->set( 'post_type', array( 'video' ) );
            $query->set( 'posts_per_page', 6 );

virtually directly taken from https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/hooks/pre_get_posts/#targeting-the-right-query

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  • Thank you Michael. Yes, I keep reading about that and figured it had something to do with this function. I didn't develop the site so I'm jumping in and fixing that the previous person has messed up. Going with your solution, I'm assuming I add this to functions.php? Also, what should I do with category.php? – Gene Ellis Mar 12 at 5:36
  • in category.php, remoive everything from before this line <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?> in your posted code. and consider to add some if( have_posts() ) code to the fiile. – Michael Mar 12 at 16:39
  • Question. Are you saying I should also change while (have_posts()) to if( have_posts()) or I should keep them both? Just trying to ensure the loop stays in tact to display the items. Thanks so much! Really excited to solve this issue! – Gene Ellis Mar 13 at 4:48
  • use both... for a general loop design, see developer.wordpress.org/themes/basics/the-loop – Michael Mar 13 at 19:13
  • Will do. Thanks Michael! – Gene Ellis Mar 15 at 20:42

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