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Pagination not working with custom loop

Apparently this is very popular issue. There are already bunch of people offering answers for this. But somehow after hours of searching I still can't get the solution. I hope someone can give me a clue here.

Currently I created a page for displaying all post from my custom post types. Here is my page template codes:


Template Name:custom post type page
get_header(); ?>

<div id="primary">
  <div id="content" role="main">

    $paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1; 

    $args = array(
            'posts_per_page'=> 20,

    $the_query = new WP_Query( $args);
    $num =  $the_query->found_posts;

     if ($the_query->have_posts()) : echo $num;
         while ($the_query->have_posts()) : $the_query->the_post();
          echo '<li><a href="'.get_permalink().'">'.get_the_title().'</a></li>';

        next_posts_link( 'Next', $the_query->max_num_pages );
        previous_posts_link('Previous', $the_query->max_num_pages ); 

     else : $return_string =  'no result';  

     endif; wp_reset_query();  wp_reset_postdata();


        </div><!-- #content -->
    </div><!-- #primary -->

The problem here is when I click on the Next (or Previous), the query result remains same. I noticed that the url have show the page number (page/2/,or page/3/..etc). And the found_posts() remains same on each page, everything seem alright, only the content not showing the correct query object.

I also tried add 'max_num_pages'=>2 to the wp_query argument, but still not helping.

Anyone idea?


2 Answers 2


Try the following and see how you go..

  global $paged;
  global $wp_query;
  $temp = $wp_query; 
  $wp_query = null; 
  $wp_query = new WP_Query(); 
  while ($wp_query->have_posts()) : $wp_query->the_post(); 

<!-- do your loop output here, title, content etc -->

<?php endwhile; ?>

    <?php previous_posts_link('&laquo; Newer') ?>
    <?php next_posts_link('Older &raquo;') ?>

  $wp_query = null; 
  $wp_query = $temp; 
  • Tried, but not working as well.
    – dev-jim
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 14:41
  • @tc.k Small edit, adding two globals. Try again and see how you go this time.
    – Adam
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 14:43
  • no luck. The problem is the searched query remain the result on every paginated page.
    – dev-jim
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 14:50
  • Ok,finally i found the problem. It was a silly mistake, turns it is paged not page I need to use in the argument.
    – dev-jim
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 15:26
  • @tc.k That's correct. I didn't notice the missing d in your argument either, but yes 'paged='.$paged as a rule. Glad its all working for you now. All the best.
    – Adam
    Commented Oct 24, 2012 at 15:37

From the codex http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

Sometimes navigation to second (and subsequent) pages of posts does not work as expected. Your page may generate a link to a page with one of these URIs:


The result of clicking one of those links is that the page loads with all the surroundings (header, footer, sidebar), but instead of a page of posts, there is an error message: "Sorry, no posts match that criteria."

This is due to a glitch in the .htaccess file that WordPress generates. To fix it, delete the contents of your .htaccess file and re-create it.

  • I read that just 2 days back ;) Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 18:36
  • @Mridul Aggarwal, tried your method, but still not working.
    – dev-jim
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 18:47

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