I made a tag.php under my theme folder in order to style all of the tagged post pages from urls like 'www.mywebsite.com/tag/kittens'.

However, if I go to 'www.mywebsite.com/tag/kittens' it displays all of my posts, even the ones that are not tagged 'kittens' or at all. I used the the standard loop, and I can't find a way to alter it to grab the tag page name and only return those posts without making a separate 'tag-kittens.php' type page for every single tag.


    query_posts( 'posts_per_page=5' ); ?>

<?php the_tags( $before, $sep, $after ); ?>

 <?php if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>

 <div class="post">

 <!-- Display the Title as a link to the Post's permalink. -->
 <h2><a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a></h2>

 <!-- Display the date (November 16th, 2009 format) and a link to other posts by this posts author. -->
 <small><?php the_time('F jS, Y') ?></small>

  <div class="entry">
    <?php the_content(); ?>

 </div> <!-- closes the first div box -->

 <?php endwhile; else: ?>
 <p>Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.</p>
 <?php endif;
  • Hard to help without seeing the template. Please add the code needed to reproduce the behavior. And welcome to WordPress Stack Exchange!
    – fuxia
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 22:24
  • I am literally just using the standard loop.
    – iob
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 22:45
  • No, you don’t. You are using query_posts(), overwriting the main query. Remove that, and your template will work.
    – fuxia
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 22:51

1 Answer 1


The problem is this line:

query_posts( 'posts_per_page=5' );

You're overwriting the query for this page with a query for the 5 latest posts, regardless of tag, category, etc.. If you remove that line, your template will work as expected.

If you want to limit tag pages to only 5 posts, use a pre_get_posts action:

function wpa69774_limit_tags( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_tag() && $query->is_main_query() ) {
        $query->set( 'posts_per_page', 5 );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpa69774_limit_tags' );

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