I have been using Query Post for a newsticker which I have created so that the user navigate through the number of news by simply pressing Next & Previous buttons. But in case if there is only 1 news (i.e, only 1 post returned then there is no point of having Prev and Next button).

I will simply assign css attribute Display: none to the prev and next button if there is only 1 post. But how to find out if the query post returned just 1 post.

while (have_posts()): the_post();

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You should not use query_post when you can use the mutch faster query WP_Query.

You can count the post with the property post_count.

Here is a snippet that counts your post in the loop:


$args = array(
    'post_type'     =>  'post',
    'cat'           =>  '20',
    'post_status'   =>  'publish',
    'order'         =>  'DESC'


// The Query
$the_query = new WP_Query( $args );

// The Loop
while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post();

    if( ( $the_query->post_count <= 1 ) {
        echo 'One or less';

    } else {

        echo 'More than one post';


// Reset Post Data


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