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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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  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Staff

    See how to add numeric pagination to WordPress themes.

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Staff

    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.

  • Bonnie Martin

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

  • James

    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 – nameofsite.com/nameofpost/3.

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

    Thank you,

    James

  • Boby Kurniawan

    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

  • Basavaraj Tonagatti

    Hi,
    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?

  • Lops

    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?

  • ashutosh joshi

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

  • David

    Hi Syed,

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

    This will create duplicate content, as http://domain.com/postname, http://domain.com/postname/1/, http://domain.com/postname/2/.

    Would it be correct to add, for example using the SEO Yoast plugin, the canonical url at http://domain.com/postname?

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

    Thank you.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

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

      • David

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

        Thanks

      • David

        Hi,

        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”.

  • Edward Chung

    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!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      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.

  • Oscar Gonzalez

    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?

    Thanks!

  • Crear Cuenta Outlook

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

  • Kalyan

    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

  • Diana

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

  • Laurence

    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.

  • Aslam

    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.

    • Kristof Bernaert

      Exactly the problem I faced too. Thanks for posting that!

    • James Roland

      Thanks! That was my problem as well. Typing it manually did the trick :)

    • Aristides Guerra

      I almost gave up upon manually replacing the underscores ( _ ) from the code given above but then I also replaced the two dashes( — ) from

      and it works! thank you all!

    • Seema

      Thanks Aslam, you solved my problem.

    • Tor André Sandum

      THANKS! Manually writing worked, copy/paste did not!

  • John

    @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 :)

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

      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.

  • Haseeb Ahmad Ayazi

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

  • Christina

    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.

  • Christina

    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?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ WPBeginner Support

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

  • Lauren Wilson

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

  • Sri Ganesh.M

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

  • Kenshin

    Does this work on wordpress.com blogs also?

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Yes it should.

  • rami

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

  • Pranjal

    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 ;)

    • rami

      I agree with Pranjal. Please mention where the tag to be place.

      • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

        Updated the article.

  • Jose Robles

    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 ReignMediaLA.com and the theme is Press Grid.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      Sounds like an issue with your theme’s styling.

  • Eva

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

  • Eva

    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?

  • AleC

    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.
    Please!

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      There is no code involved. You have to know CSS formatting.

  • Gidon

    Great! And so easy! Thank you!

  • Tom

    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.

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      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.

  • Colin

    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.

  • Raja

    Hi,

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

    • http://www.wpbeginner.com Editorial Staff

      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.

  • http://www.wpbeginner.com/ wpbeginner

    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

       @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.

  • YuriyNikolaev

    Thanks God for give us WPBeginner!

  • http://scratch99.com/ Stephen Cronin

    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.