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Post Pagination – How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

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Post Pagination – How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

Yesterday we wrote an article on the site showing you how to increase pageviews and reduce bounce rate in WordPress. One of the tips we mentioned was splitting long posts into multiple pages. You can see an example of how we split our posts into two pages or even into five pages. After writing that article, we got a lot of inquiries from people asking us multiple questions. How do you split the posts into multiple pages? I put the <!––nextpage––> tag, but no pagination shows up. Well worry not. In this article, we will show you how to split WordPress posts into multiple pages.

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On most well-coded themes, all you have to do is paste this code: <!––nextpage––> wherever you want the next page to start. The pagination will automatically show up. Note: make sure that you are using the Text view rather than Visual view in your post editor.

If for some reason, pagination is not showing up after you have pasted the next page tags, then you would need to add the following code in your single.php loop.

Once you add that, then the pagination will start to show. There are several parameters for this function that you can use. The codex page for Styling Page-Links does a good job explaining that.

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  1. Edwin says:

    Thanks for the tip, I’ve recently tried this, and the pagination shows up correctly, but when clicking the links (2,3,4,etc.), i get a page not found error. Do you have any idea what would cause that?

  2. Edmond says:


    Can you please do a tutorial on how to create the “view all” function too, as it’s really very useful. I’ve seen a similar thing here: (


  3. Edmond says:


    Really love the feature of splitting pages. I also see that you have the “View All” option on How can I add that same feature to my website? I’d really love to see a tutorial for this too.

  4. João Paulo Porto says:

    i have the same question

  5. João Paulo Porto says:

    If for some reason, pagination is not showing up after you have pasted the next page tags, then you would need to add the following code in your single.php loop.

    Which code are you talking about? I really need this code.

    • Lester says:

      Olá João Paulo,

      Have you noticed how to manage pagination on wordpress long posts? This thread is not really helpful. I´m using wp 2.2.2 and I´m looking for splitting long posts in 1,2,3,4…view all pages too !

  6. WPBeginner Staff says:

    See how to add numeric pagination to WordPress themes.

  7. Josh says:

    how to create pagination like ? thanks

  8. Ameet Mehta says:

    Hi, where is the code that is supposed to be pasted, seems like something got pulled out of the article?

  9. kankan929 says:

    YES!!!! I saw that Kim Komando did this and wondered HOW. So glad I stumbled across this blog. And now I’m a FAN! Thanks for sharing this information.

  10. WPBeginner Staff says:

    Yes it does if you have long articles with lots of images. You split the page, which reduces the page load time. Increased page views and lower bounce rates are an added bonus.

  11. MikeMeisner says:

    Great little tip – do you think this helps with SEO and rankings by lowering the bounce rate and increasing pageviews? I notice a few buzzfeed types sites using this method..

  12. Donna says:

    what is a single.php loop? where do I place that code? the pagination is not working for me.

  13. Jamie_Mannion says:

    I paste the code in the text view, switch to visual and it’s there as I pasted it, switch back to text and it shows as <!––nextpage––> the problem was the “pasting”. I manually typed it and I was away. Thanks guys!

  14. Patrick says:

    Hi Syed,
    Thanks for the tip. I’m wondering, though, the page numbers come up at the top of the post, rather than following it. How can I change that, or at least duplicate it?

  15. Bonnie Martin says:

    Awesome tip. I didn’t know about that before this.

  16. James says:

    Hi Syed,

    I have just implemented a facebook like button at the top of every post page. and split a few long blog posts up into multiple pages.

    The problem is if someone is on page 3 of the article for example, and clicks the share button, the url of that page gets shared –

    How can I ensure that just the first page/main page of the post gets shared with all my paginated posts?

    Thank you,


  17. Boby Kurniawan says:

    You know , i always love this website. I found many wordpress trick here. Thank you .

    I have a question, how i put the “split” at top of article after the title ? is it posible ? thanks .

    Sorry for bad english

  18. Basavaraj Tonagatti says:

    I have few posts which have plenty of comments like around 800. Because of this these particular posts load slowly. So how if I paginate them by going to Discussion Settings–>Other Comments Settings–>Break Comments into pages of 100 each?

  19. Lops says:

    Hey! This worked incredibly fine, replacing the — manually did fix it when it didn’t work and now it’s awesome.

    I’m just having trouble because I’m working on very lenghty articles and I would like a table of contents at the top of the page too, not just at the bottom of the page. Can’t we have the [1] [2] [3] etc. links at the top of the page too?

  20. ashutosh joshi says:

    I need to show “next page” and “previous page” in place of pagination. What should I do for that?

  21. David says:

    Hi Syed,

    Thanks for the tip. I have a question to be sure.

    This will create duplicate content, as,,

    Would it be correct to add, for example using the SEO Yoast plugin, the canonical url at

    Would this reduce any problem for duplicate content in the major search engines?

    Thank you.

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      WordPress SEO will make the actual post URL the canonical URL.

      • David says:

        You mean, without writing anything in the canonical url space? Does it do it automatically so that I don’t have to specify it?


      • David says:


        After a bit of investigation, I’ve found out that if you don’t write anything on WPSEO canonical space, wordpress will take care of it and create a different canonical url for each page, with duplicate content. It doesn’t play nice with all the themes probably, so it’s better to check.

        So if you write the right canonical url (usually the main page) in the WPSEO space, it will index the first and not the others and will relate all the others pages /2, /3.. to the first. And this is one solution.

        But if you want to index all the content of the other pages, because maybe they are worth it and long pages as well, then you can write “next” on the canonical space, and all the pages will be linked as rel=”next” and rel=”prev”.

  22. Edward Chung says:

    Thanks for introducing the technique. What I concern most is the SEO implication, would the author please suggest whether the SEO would be hurt or not? Thanks!

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      No, if any thing it will probably improve SEO. Your page load time will increase, users will not have to scroll a lot this means user experience will improve. A Better user experience is also one of the factors considered by search engines when ranking a site. Using post pagination correctly will benefit your site’s SEO. However, using it just to increase page and ad impressions will probably backfire.

  23. Oscar Gonzalez says:

    Do you know of a plugin or a hack that would allow me to give the user an option next to the pagination links when using multiple pages?

    Like page 1, 2, 3,

    OR below that show a link that reads:

    view as one page

    I think some big sites do that with slideshow posts, Any suggestions on providing that to the user?


  24. Crear Cuenta Outlook says:

    thank for the info i will use this in my site, but how i can get pagination on the home page?

  25. Kalyan says:

    I being having a travel blog (wordpress platform), thought of splitting the article. But, by using the method you said above, the url of the page is changing for each split. Is there any plugin or any thing which can split the article with the url remaining the same. Please let me know if you know any such plugin.
    Thanking You

  26. Diana says:

    The pagination shows up, but whenever I click to an actual page, it still shows me the entire article.

  27. Laurence says:

    I leave blogs split over many pages they’re really annoying. I can’t scan the page so it takes too long. Especially the blogs that have. “Top 10 whatever” with each one on its own page. Just put them on one page for me why on earth make it harder for me to get content. I don’t think split pages decrease the average bounce rate across all pages.

  28. Aslam says:

    I saw a lot of people complaining that the code tags aren’t working and the reason is that if you copy paste the on this page it will not work, maybe some character issue with the “–” characters on this page.
    Just manually type the “–” wherever you are using the tag and it will work.
    Manual typing worked for me.

  29. John says:

    @Syed Balkhi I have to agree with AleC that original post split looks very boring. Please write a detailed tutorial for a newbies like us, on how to give it a beautiful and stylish looks with eye catching colors, just like you are using at list25. Thanks and i hope you will share it soon with your regular reader. I will wait :)

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      We will try to show how to style WordPress post pagination links. Meanwhile, do check the Codex page for styling page links. Also feel free to study and use list25 stylesheet and modify it to match your theme.

  30. Haseeb Ahmad Ayazi says:

    Whenever I google any wordpress query, wpbegginner come first, very hard @Syed Balkhi

  31. Christina says:

    Thank you for your answer. That makes a lot of sense. One more question: Do you know a post pagination plugin with works in combination with a post index? I have some long posts on my website which have their own little post index. If I now implement a post pagination, I would like to keep the post index which means that if a user klicks on a post index element, he should then jump to a separate post sub page.

  32. Christina says:

    Does post pagination have any impact on site performance/loading time? I was told not to implement it because it slows down the website. Is this true?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      The purpose of adding pagination is to break down lengthy posts into pages. It should in fact speed up the page load time.

  33. Lauren Wilson says:

    Is it possible to have two posts pages? i.e news and jobs?

  34. Sri Ganesh.M says:

    Not Working, After which line in single.php we should add it ! i added in HTML view only

  35. Kenshin says:

    Does this work on blogs also?

  36. rami says:

    YUP!!!It Worked.Thanks for your great contribution.

  37. Pranjal says:

    I thought, it wasn’t working on mine, lately I read it somewhere else, I need to put the given tag into html view, and finally it worked. Please mention in your article as well, as I know many noobs like me are out there ;)

  38. Jose Robles says:

    Tried it but my links for the other pages shows up at the way bottom left of my website rather than appearing even before the comments. Any ideas why that would be? Website is and the theme is Press Grid.

  39. Eva says:

    Never mind.. :D Of course it worked AFTER I’d tried for half an hour and finally decided to complaint.

  40. Eva says:

    I’ve tried to use the code but all I get is the code text in my post :/ I’ve only used the HTML window to place the code and yet – there it is – on my post as text, not as next page.

    What can I do?

  41. AleC says:

    Hi guys,

    Don’t ask me how, but I manage to do this in my site and it works like a charm!
    BUT I don’t know how to give the numbers a style. I’m looking for something like you did in here, big numbers with a huge box of color. Can you help me with this? May be if you give me the line of code you used.
    Sorry if I sound silly, but I don’t really know code.

  42. Gidon says:

    Great! And so easy! Thank you!

  43. Tom says:

    It wont work even if you follow these instructions, the correct code is ‘ not as you said (you had only single dashes) – also you should tell people that it needs to be entered in html view on visual.

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Ah darn the auto-formatting. It was showing correctly in the backend, but then on the front-end it turned our two dashes into one big dash. Fixed that. Thanks for pointing it out.

  44. Colin says:

    Darnit, tried to get this to work on my site but failed :(

    Was hoping as it was a premium theme it would work out of the box but sadly not.

    As an SEO I can say there should be no problem with this SEO-wise. If anything having an extra couple of pages won’t hurt.

  45. Raja says:


    I tried what you’ve said, but ot still doesnt work on my theme. i’m using goodnews theme from themeforest

    • Editorial Staff says:

      Hey Raja,

      This is a standard WordPress feature. If it doesn’t work with your theme, then you should contact the theme author and ask them to add the support for it.

  46. wpbeginner says:

    You know Stephen, I would have agreed with you on almost all of those cases a few months ago. I still do agree with you that this works only in very specific cases. However, after seeing the numbers on our new site, my perspective has changed a little bit. First of all, if your article is good enough, then the user will go to the next page. In terms of SEO, definitely not true. If you have sufficient amount of content on each page, then it will not hurt you in SEO for a single bit. Forbes, NYTimes, and countless other big name sites do this and rank perfectly fine for SEO. If your content is good, then it will be shared, it will be linked, and it will be read by your users.

    • FuturePocket says:

       @wpbeginner I agree, I am planning to write a three part article (which is going to be somewhere in the area of 5000+ words) and I really don’t want to fit it all into one page. I am contemplating whether to stick with pagination or split it into multiple articles — but I will have to do a little bit more keyword research before I decide. If the ideas I intend to discuss are in a wide variety of keywords, than I’ll probably split it, otherwise this pagination method will work out quite nicely! Thanks for the share.

  47. YuriyNikolaev says:

    Thanks God for give us WPBeginner!

  48. Stephen Cronin says:

    Thanks for telling us how to do this, but I hope not too many people actually implement it and split their posts.

    That’s a relic of the days when people artificially increased their page views to increase advertising revenue, but thankfully most people these days recognise that it leads to a poor user experience. I personally leave sites as soon as I see paged articles (unless I really *have* to read it).

    There’s also the SEO implications – you’re probably going to rank better with one long article than you would with 5 smaller pages.

    And I could go on, but I’ll stop there. It’s not a good idea in 99.9% of cases.

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