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Function Reference/get next posts link


Gets a link to the previous set of posts within the current query.

Because post queries are usually sorted in reverse chronological order, get_next_posts_link() usually points to older entries (toward the end of the set) and get_previous_posts_link() usually points to newer entries (toward the beginning of the set).

Note: See Troubleshooting Broken Pagination if you have pagination issues.


 <?php echo get_next_posts_link$label$max_page ); ?> 


(string) (optional) The content for the link text
Default: Next Page »
(int) (optional) Limit the number of pages on which the link is displayed. The default value "0" means "no limit".
Default: 0

Return Values

Link to next page if successful, otherwise null.


Default Usage

<?php echo get_next_posts_link(); ?>

Custom Label

<?php echo get_next_posts_link('Go to next page'); ?>

Custom Label and Custom number of post pages

<?php echo get_next_posts_link('Go to next page',4); ?>

Usage when querying the loop with WP_Query

Add the $max_pages parameter to the get_next_posts_link() function when querying the loop with WP_Query. To get the total amount of pages you can use the 'max_num_pages' property of the custom WP_Query object.

// set the "paged" parameter (use 'page' if the query is on a static front page)
$paged = ( get_query_var( 'paged' ) ) ? get_query_var( 'paged' ) : 1;

// the query
$the_query = new WP_Query( 'cat=1&paged=' . $paged ); 

<?php if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : ?>

// the loop
while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); 
<?php the_title(); ?>
<?php endwhile; ?>


// get_next_posts_link() usage with max_num_pages
echo get_next_posts_link( 'Older Entries', $the_query->max_num_pages );
echo get_previous_posts_link( 'Newer Entries' );

// clean up after our query

<?php else:  ?>
<p><?php _e( 'Sorry, no posts matched your criteria.' ); ?></p>
<?php endif; ?>

Change Log

Since 2.7.0

Source File

get_next_posts_link() is located in wp-includes/link-template.php.