Do you want to split long WordPress posts into multiple pages?
If you are a blogger, splitting lengthy content into several pages makes it easier for your visitors to read articles and navigate different sections.
In this article, we will show you how to split WordPress posts into multiple pages, step by step.
Why Split WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages?
If you have WordPress blog posts or guides that are lengthy, then setting up WordPress pagination can improve the readability of your content.
It helps to break down a long post into different sections and split them into multiple pages. This way, visitors can easily digest your content and read any section they are interested in.
Another benefit of splitting WordPress posts is that it can boost your user engagement. When users navigate through paginated content, each page they view contributes to increased pageviews, which can positively impact your website’s overall metrics.
That being said, let’s take a look at how to split WordPress posts into multiple pages. We will cover how to break your WordPress posts into multiple pages without a plugin and using a WordPress plugin:
- Method 1. Split a WordPress Post Into Multiple Pages Without a Plugin
- Method 2. Split Multiple WordPress Posts Into Several Pages Using a Plugin
Method 1: Split a Single Post Into Multiple Pages Without a Plugin
The easiest way of setting up post pagination is by using the ‘Page Break’ block in your WordPress content editor. You don’t need a WordPress plugin to break up your articles into multiple pages.
First, you need to edit or add a new post on your WordPress website using the Gutenberg block editor.
After that, click the ‘+’ button where you want to split your content and add a Page Break block.
You should now see a page break line in your content to indicate where the pagination will appear.
It will look something like this.
If you are using the old classic editor, then you can use the
<!––nextpage––> tag to split your content.
When writing a blog post, just go to the ‘Text’ editor view to enter the tag where you would like to split the long article.
You can also use the Alt + Shift + P keys on your keyboard to insert page breaks. To do that, go to the ‘Visual’ view and press the keyboard shortcut keys where you want to add a page break.
After that, you can preview and publish the blog post. You will now see post pagination at the bottom of the post content.
Method 2: Split Multiple WordPress Posts Into Several Pages Using a Plugin
Another way to break lengthy content into various pages is by using a pagination plugin. The benefit of this method is that it will automatically paginate posts when they meet certain criteria.
For this method, we will use the free Automatically Paginate Posts plugin, as it’s easy to use and works with any WordPress theme.
Note: You may notice that this plugin has not been tested with the latest WordPress versions. However, we’ve tried it ourselves, and it works the best out of all the plugins we’ve checked out.
You can read more about whether you should use untested WordPress plugins in our article. If you find a plugin that works better than the one we offered, then feel free to let us know in the comments below!
First, you need to install and activate the Automatically Paginate Posts plugin on your WordPress website. For more details, you can see our tutorial on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Once the plugin is active on your site, go to Settings » Reading and scroll down to the ‘Automatically Paginate Posts’ section.
You can select the post types to split into different pages. After that, choose whether to split posts by the total number of pages or approximate words per page.
Next, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.
The plugin will automatically split your content based on your settings. However, you can also add page breaks manually to your content while using the plugin.
Bonus Tip: Use AIOSEO to Optimize Your Post Pagination
Paginating your long post can definitely improve the user experience. That said, it’s important you configure the post properly so that it doesn’t negatively affect your site’s SEO (search engine optimization).
If a blog post is spread across multiple pages due to pagination, then Googlebot could end up indexing multiple copies of the same content. This can then lead to duplicate content issues.
AIOSEO automatically inserts a page number into the SEO title of paginated content. This way, search engines can understand that the post has been spread across several pages and is not a duplicate of another post.
Furthermore, AIOSEO will remove these page numbers from the URLs of your post pages. Doing so will let search engines know the main blog post page that they should rank for the relevant keywords and users should see first.
It does this by automatically turning on the ‘No Pagination for Canonical URLs’ setting.
For more information about AIOSEO, please see our article on how to set up AIOSEO for WordPress.
We hope this article helped you learn how to split WordPress posts into multiple pages. You may also want to see our expert picks for the best WordPress page builders and our tutorial on how to add web push notifications in WordPress.