For a post x in a category y, how can the following output be achieved:

  • Post x is the nth out of m posts in the category y.

where m is the total number of posts in the category, and n is the number of the current post (ordered by publishing date).

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Are you using the main query or a custom WP_Query for displaying the posts?

If so :

 $wp_query->found_posts; //Main query
 $wp_query->current_post; // current post index


 $my_wp_query->found_posts; //custom wp_query object - total found posts
 $my_wp_query->current_post; // current post index

So, example

 if( have_posts() ) : while( have_posts() ) : the_post();
      <p>The post <?php the_title(); ?> is <?php echo $wp_query->current_post; ?>th of <?php echo $wp_query->found_posts; ?> in category <?php echo 'your cat here'; ?></p>

 <?php endwhile; endif; ?>
  • 3
    Instead of hardcoding the "th", here's how to use the proper ordinal suffix: stackoverflow.com/questions/3109978/…
    – Geert
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 15:37
  • @Geert +1 - I only give rough examples, but that link will surely come in handy.
    – Shane
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 15:42
  • It's for a single post page.
    – Ben
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 22:03

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