I'm using this function right now

wp_link_pages( array('before' => '<div class="page-links">','after'  => '</div>',) );

The post pagination is showing like this:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

But I want it to be like this in that there's too many pages

1 2 3 ..9 10 11

However, There's no mid_size or end_size like function paginate_links()

I've been searching for answer all day, Is there anyone could help?

2 Answers 2


It's not possible with wp_link_pages(), but you can use paginate_links(). You just need to configure the arguments so that the links are based on the pagination of your post/page. To do this you just need to know:

  • The base URL. This is the permalink of the page/post.
  • The format of the pagination portion of the URL. This is just the page number, like /6, and not /page/6 or /?page=5 or anything like that.
  • The total number of pages. This is the global $numpages variable.
  • The current page. This is the global $page variable.

Which you can use like this:

echo paginate_links(
        'base'    => user_trailingslashit( trailingslashit( get_the_permalink() ) . '%_%' ),
        'format'  => '%#%',
        'total'   => $numpages,
        'current' => $page,

Note that we want base to be something like this, where %_% is where our page number will go:


To do this properly we use trailingslashit() on get_the_permalink() to guarantee that there is a slash between the URL and the placeholder. Then we use user_trailingslashit() to add a trailing slash to the very end in case the site is configured that way.

  • Would this change the pagination to use 1,2,3,....8,9,10 though? I don't think the OP wants to change the URL
    – Tom J Nowell
    Mar 25, 2021 at 15:05
  • Yes it would, and it’s not changing the URL. Mar 25, 2021 at 15:45
  • I've re-read the answer and I don't understand how it achieves the OP's desired output, or what base URLs have to do with it. I think there's an important piece of information you've assumed is obvious that is not.
    – Tom J Nowell
    Mar 25, 2021 at 21:29
  • What aren’t you getting? OP is using wp_link_pages, which is to show page links when using <!--nextpage-->. They want to use the features of paginate_links(). This code shows how you can use paginate_links() for <!--nextpage--> pagination. Mar 26, 2021 at 0:50
  • Thanks for the answer,but It's not working.Maybe is because my post URL is like this example.com/story/10981/page-2.html example.com/story/10981/page-3.html
    – zachary
    Mar 26, 2021 at 10:23

Jacob is right that you need to incorporate the function of paginate_links() but I would suggest looking at the examples on this page:


My Theme (the amazing MHMagazine Theme) has this function built in and this is how they do it (it does exactly as OP wants, a few digits, an ellipsis, a few more digits, and right or left arrows as needed):

if (!function_exists('mh_magazine_pagination')) {
function mh_magazine_pagination() {
    if (get_the_posts_pagination()) {
        echo '<div class="mh-loop-pagination clearfix">';
                'mid_size' => 1,
                'prev_text' => esc_html__('&laquo;', 'mh-magazine'),
                'next_text' => esc_html__('&raquo;', 'mh-magazine'),
        echo '</div>';

You can see an example of this in action at this page (scroll to bottom):


(Mods, it's okay to delete that last link if not allowed, but I think this does exactly what OP wants so thought he'd like to see it to be sure before trying to implement this).

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