WP loops are widely used to print lists of posts in Wordpress:

<?php $loop = new WP_Query( array( 'post_type' => 'ff', 'ff' => 'show_ff', 'orderby' => 'menu_order', 'order' => 'ASC' ));
     while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post(); ?> 

     <!-- here we're going to have all posts from show_ff category of ff type. -->

     <?php endwhile; ?>  

Is there a way of displaying for example 3 first posts then some element (div in my case) and again 3 next posts?

I know I could do 6 loops in each div, but maybe there's another way of breaking this code? Maybe some if loops inside of while loop? Here's my concept:

    while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post(); 
     echo '3 first posts';
     echo '<div class="special"></div>';
     echo '3 last posts';
    endwhile; ?>  
  • Are you always grabbing 6 posts or will that total amount of posts alternate?
    – t31os
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 12:28
  • Good question, I don't know how many posts there will be. Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 12:43

2 Answers 2


I don't think i've fully grasped how you want this to work, but if i assume for a moment that as long as the loop has at least 6 posts, you want to insert extra markup after the third result in the loop..


Insert extra markup after the third post, when the current iteration has at least 6 posts

if( $loop->have_posts() ) :

    //$post_count = $loop->found_posts; // <-- think this is the total, corrected below
    $post_count = $loop->post_count; // should be the result count for the current page
    $loop_count = 0;

    while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post(); 

        <!-- your regular loop markup, eg. title, content, etc.. -->

        if( $post_count >= 6 && $loop_count == 3 ) :

            <!-- extra markup to put in when it's the end of the third post of this loop -->


This way you avoid the need to use an offset and can using paging if necessary. I havn't tested the code, but i've given numerous examples like this before, simply let me know of any problems and i'll re-examine(and test) the code.

  • Updated the code, should of used post_count(total for the current page) and not found_posts(total posts in the query).
    – t31os
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 13:49
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    You can use $loop->current_post instead of adding another variable, $loopcount Commented Dec 21, 2010 at 2:20
  • For the sake of a variable with a numeric counter, it really would make little to no difference at all, what advantage would it offer here, if any?
    – t31os
    Commented Dec 21, 2010 at 10:36
  • ..less code? :) Commented Dec 21, 2010 at 16:10
  • Would that be helpful in this context, the code is already pretty slim(it's a basic counter) and would trimming it further make the code easier to understand or offer a measurable difference in run time? I personally don't think it would..(imo, the standard counter is easier for non-techies to understand).
    – t31os
    Commented Dec 21, 2010 at 16:44

You can limit the number of posts to three in the first loop:

 <?php $args = array('showposts' => 3); 
$the_query = new WP_Query($args); 
while ($the_query->have_posts()) : $the_query->the_post();

Then show your div and then show again 3 posts with the 'offset' parameter to exlude the 3 firsts ones:

 $args2 = array('showposts' => 3, 'offset' => 3 );
 $the_query = new WP_Query($args2); 
while ($the_query->have_posts()) : $the_query->the_post(); 

More infos in the codex.

  • I know it, but what when I want different class for each post? 6 loops? What if there will be 197 posts? 197 loops? Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 12:48
  • 1
    use this then: <div class="post" id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>">, it'll give a specific ID for each post.
    – kevin
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 12:51
  • There's really no need to be using an offset, you require only a basic counter.. (if you use an offset you can't use the native paging).. i'll add an answer shortly..
    – t31os
    Commented Dec 20, 2010 at 13:07

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