We can use multiple plugins like wp-pagenavi or wp-paginate for implementing pagination for wordpress sites and making it ajax based using the following code:

    // ajax pagination
    jQuery('#wp_page_numbers a').live('click', function(){ 

        var link = jQuery(this).attr('href');                   
        jQuery('#main').load(link+' #entries')
}); // end ready function

Sometimes, there are some cases where we want to display results based on custom query (i.e fetching results from the tables other than wordpress default tables) on a page template.

What is the best way for implementing pagination in this case?


Soumitra Chakraborty wrote a very good tutorial on Getting Started with AJAX & WordPress Pagination. I would recommend following that pattern (in terms of how to use admin_ajax.php in conjunction with your functions.php.

That tutorial will give you a great framework for how to implement ajax pagination by hand.

In terms of your own specific requirements for a custom query (which it sounds like might involve getting data from non-standard tables) you can use the WP_Query class to do some pretty advanced stuff (like what you describe) in your custom function that you define in functions.php.

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  • Thanks for providing this article Jared. I'll try to implement ajax using these steps now. – swtshweta Oct 2 '12 at 3:05

I have just find a simple solution where I have tried several "advanced" and modern frameworks, but old reliable jquery make it simple.

// ajax pagination

$('#paginator a').on('click', function(e){ 
    var link = $(this).attr('href');

    $('#blog').load(link+' #main-content');
    $('#paginator').load(link+' .pagination') 


I just add some minor variations in order to update the post grid, in my case main content. and pagination status in my case #pagination. Both with an inner div to just update what is being modified.

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