I am working on using the wordpress loop to call posts from my wordpress blog into my website. I have my loop set up to grab the 10 most recent posts under the portfolio category and display them on my portfolio page. The problem is that I have 20 items I want to display, but I don't want to have to deal with the load times of 20 images. I've thought about making multiple portfolio pages in dreamweaver, and have each one grab a different set of ten posts, but that's defeating the purpose of using wordpress to make it faster for me to update the page.

Is there any way I can have it set up so that when I hit 'next' the page refreshes with the next set of ten posts, and when I hit 'back' the page refreshes with the first ten posts?

I have seen webpages that are like www.example.com/portfolio.php?paged=2

Here is my header that calls the loop

define('WP_USE_THEMES', false);

and here is where the loop gets placed on the page

<?php while (have_posts()): the_post(); ?>
<?php the_content(); ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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You're looking for one of two things: either paginate_links(), or the combination of next_posts_link() and previous_posts_link(). Both of these functions allow for "pagination", or the ability to place links to more content than you're displaying in a screenful. Google does this on the bottom of most pages, for example. Of the two methods I mentioned above, I'd recommend using next_posts_link() and previous_posts_link(), but I'll talk about them both.

Using paginate_links()

I don't often use this function, because it doesn't give you a lot of control over how the links are displayed. However, it's quite easy to use and it displays a list of numbers of in-between content, similar to how Google (for example) numbers their results page links.

By default, if you've got a query that returns more results then you're displaying, you should just be able to insert the following after the loop:

<?php echo paginate_links() ?>

For more options, you can look over the documentation page here.

Using next_posts_link() and previous_posts_link()

I usually prefer this method, because I get more control over the styling of the links generated with it. Specifically, because I can provide the markup that goes around the links, and style that markup using CSS.

Here's an example of how I've used this in a a project:

<?php if ($wp_query->max_num_pages > 1): ?>
    <div id="nav-below" class="navigation">
        <div class="nav-previous"><?php next_posts_link('&larr; Older posts'); ?></div>
        <div class="nav-next"><?php previous_posts_link('Newer posts &rarr;'); ?></div>
<?php endif; ?>

As with paginate_links() above, this code needs to go below the loop.

  • the first solution didn't provide any buttons, and the second took me to nickpassaro.com/wp/test.php/page/2 i need the content from nickpassaro.com/wp/page/2 to show up in place of the original content that loaded Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 0:24
  • The test.php part of your URL is troubling. It sounds like something is misconfigured on your server somewhere (probably in wp-config.php, but maybe also in .htaccess). Also, when I go to nickpassaro.com/wp I'm seeing a working WordPress blog using the Twenty Ten theme. Pagination is working fine there. Are you trying to theme this by using the test.php file? If so, you should look over the theming documents because you're going about this the wrong way: codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Development Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 0:29
  • Im trying to use wordpress as a cms for my site Commented Apr 18, 2012 at 0:38

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