I'm querying to get a list of all posts, 20 posts_per_page, but the result shows all posts, but with 21 posts per page. If I change posts_per_page to 19, then 20 show. One post is sticky and shows up twice; not sure if that is causing the problem.


$allposts = array( 
    'post_type'         =>  'post',
    'posts_per_page'    =>  20

$wp_query = new WP_Query($allposts); ?>

<?php while ( $wp_query->have_posts() ) : $wp_query->the_post(); ?>
<li><?php the_title(); ?></li>

<?php foo_pagination(); ?>

<?php endwhile; ?>

1 Answer 1


Sticky posts do add to the post count rather than being included in it. You can alter your query to ignore sticky posts though.

$allposts = array( 
    'post_type'           =>  'post',
    'posts_per_page'      =>  20,
    'ignore_sticky_posts' => true

But you are also missing pagination parameters.

$paged = (get_query_var('paged')) ? get_query_var('paged') : 1;
$allposts = array( 
    'post_type'           =>  'post',
    'posts_per_page'      =>  20,
    'ignore_sticky_posts' => true,
    'paged'               => $paged
  • 1
    Accepted and upvoted. The ignore sticky posts did the trick. I have my pagination parameters in the pagination function that I call, but thanks for including them (for future googlers). It's also worth noting that ignore_sticky_posts doesn't keep the sticky posts off the list, it just treats them like other posts--they show up once.
    – chowwy
    Commented Feb 13, 2013 at 2:23
  • Oh thanks! I was going out of my mind over this issue! :D
    – Greg
    Commented Nov 28, 2022 at 20:33

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