Pagination allows you to sub-divide a post into multiple pages. This helps you to logically break down a large article into simpler, well-grouped content. For instance, if you are writing an article on “5 best WordPress plugins to create post pagination in WordPress”, you can explain the features of each plugin in a different page along with a screenshot, link to the plugin etc. Unfortunately, WordPress does have the post pagination feature by default. We will have to use some third-party plugins to get the functionality.
In this short tutorial, you will learn
- Creating pages within WordPress post using Advanced Post Pagination plugin.
- Understanding various customization settings of the plugin.
Why I chose Advanced Post Pagination plugin
There are quite a few plugins like “Post Pagination module”,”WP-Paginate”, etc to create post pagination in wordpress plugin repository. But my personal favorite is the Advance Post Pagination plugin. Because it is simple, frequently updated, compatible to the latest versions of WordPress and offers a straight forward solution to our requirement.
Creating your first multi-page WordPress post
As you can see, I have created a multi-page WordPress post in less than 2 minutes using the Advanced Post Pagination plugin. The post page now has two buttons showing “Previous” and “Next”. These buttons are used to navigate through pages inside your post.
After installing the plugin follow the steps below to create a paginated post.
- Click on the Acp icon on the toolbar. It will insert the following shortcode snippet into your post body.
Please insert your text here!
- Replace “Please insert your text here!” with your own content. You can add images, embed videos like normal posts.
- Repeat the steps 1 and 2 for each of the pages you want to create.
Customizing the plugin settings
Now that you know how to create paginated posts, the next thing we need to do is customized the plugin as per our needs. APP offers two levels of customization.
- Global customization – applies to all posts in your WordPress blog.
- Post Level customization – some global settings can be overridden by mentioning explicitly at the post level.
Global customization – General Settings
- You can turn the pagination on/off by checking/unchecking the Turn on/off Content Pagination
- There are two Pagination Buttons Layout has two options to choose from. If you select Default the buttons will not have any background. You will just see plain text saying “Previous” and “Next”.
If you select Tabbed, you can choose one of three available pagination button styles below. I prefer tabbed and “Previous – Next” style buttons.
- Pagination Loading Type allows you to specify how pages inside your posts should load. If you choose, Ajax the subsequent pages inside your post will load without refreshing the web page. This will provide better user experience but results in lesser page views thus lesser ad impressions. It’s worth mentioning that most bloggers use pagination just because they want to generate more page views and ad impressions. If you are also looking to do so, you should set the Pagination Loading Type to Reload Page. But be warned, it may sometimes lead to poor user experience, especially people using mobile devices.
- Pagination Button Location can be set to Top, Bottom or Both based on where you want to see the navigation buttons in your post.
Other settings allow you to style the navigation buttons and the layout.
I hope you were able to create your first paginated WordPress post smoothly. If you feel this article can be improved, let me know through comments.