So I've been battling this for like a week now and it's impossible to find a solution, so I am reaching out to see if anyone could assist me.

  • I want to paginate through my total 13 posts and just display 4 at a time until I loop through all 13 (4 pages in total).
  • $acf_query has a total of 6 posts.
  • $wp_query has a total of 7 posts.

So here is the PHP code that I have:

    public function fetch_work_items()
        $paged = (get_query_var( 'paged' )) ? get_query_var('paged'): 1;

        $args = [
            'post_status' => ['publish'],
            'post_type' => ['work', FH_Report_Type::CPT_NAME],
            'fields' => 'ids',

        $acf_query = [];
        if (get_field('featured_posts')) {
            $acf_post_ids = get_field('featured_posts', false, false);
            $acf_query = new WP_Query([
                'post_type' => ['work', FH_Report_Type::CPT_NAME],
                'post__in' => $acf_post_ids,
                'orderby' => 'post__in',
                'fields' => 'ids',

        $wp_query = new WP_Query($args);
        $main_ids = array_unique(array_merge($acf_query->posts, $wp_query->posts));
        $main_args = [
            'post_type' => ['work', FH_Report_Type::CPT_NAME],
            'post__in' => $main_ids,
            'orderby' => 'post__in',
            'posts_per_page' => 4,
            'paged' => $paged
        $main_query = new WP_Query($main_args);

        return $main_query;

This gives me the following output:
I have a total of 13 posts, with 4 posts_per_page and it outputs a WP_Query object.

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This is the response from $main_query->query.
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Here is the pagination that I attempted:


$response = FH_Work::getInstance()->fetch_work_items();

<?php if ($response->have_posts()) {
    while ($response->have_posts()) {
} else {
    echo 'No posts';

$big = 999999999;

echo paginate_links( array(
        'base' => str_replace( $big, '%#%', get_pagenum_link( $big ) ),
        'format' => '?paged=%#%',
        'current' => max( 1, get_query_var('paged') ),
        'total' => $response->max_num_pages )

Here is the the the_title() while loop and pagination response, but when I click on any number all it does it reddirect to the same page and nothing happens.

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All help will be appreciated! I am completely losing it at this moment.

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