I have a wp_query $wp_query = new WP_Query($args); but for some reason the $wp_query->post_count only shows the amount of posts on each page. So if I set 'showposts' => '10' and 12 results are found, page one will say '10 results found' and page 2 shows '2 results found'. Why is this? I can't figure it out.

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$args = array(
  'post_type' => 'post', 
  'showposts' => '10',
  'paged' => $paged
$wp_query = new WP_Query($args);
echo "Search found ".$wp_query->post_count."results";
if ($wp_query->have_posts()) : while ($wp_query->have_posts()) : $wp_query->the_post();
// the loop
  • 2
    Have you looked at the variable $wp_query->found_posts as well?
    – fuxia
    Dec 4, 2012 at 13:52

1 Answer 1


$wp_query->post_count is supposed to work exactly like that. To get the total number of posts that exist in the database, use $wp_query->found_posts

  • 2
    ..and as simple as that, it works. Thanks so much guys!
    – zilj
    Dec 4, 2012 at 14:15
  • I have a problem with this. When I filter results using found_posts - the number changes. I want to keep the static number of total results intact. How could I do this ?
    – JoaMika
    May 12, 2017 at 16:13

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