How to Add WordPress Pagination to Break Up Lengthy Blog Posts

How to Add WordPress Pagination to Break Up Lengthy Blog Posts

We have to admit that long posts with rich information are preferred by both search engines and common readers. However, there is a drawback that the lengthy articles may slow down your page loading speed, especially when you add a lot of images or some multimedia components into the content. In addition, having too many things showcased in front of your readers may bring them the unavoidable eye-strain.

So, how to showcase the lengthy posts properly? The pagination system can come into play. With it, you can split up these long articles into some short pages, each of which is coming with the moderate volume of content. In addition, with the special “previous” and “next” hyperlinks, you can have the neighboring information connected tightly. Even, you can jump into any part of the whole article by clicking the numeric components.

Now, due to the great benefits brought from this system, we have introduced some simple methods about how to add WordPress pagination.

Method 1 – Use the Default WordPress Pagination Function

In fact, before considering any plugin to help you paginate your blog posts automatically, you firstly can consider the built-in WordPress function that allows you to add the pagination in a manual manner.

To do this, you firstly need to open the editing screen of your target blog post and make sure that you are using the Text Editor but not the Visual Editor. Then, you simply put your cursor in a spot that you want the post break to be showcased, and then, enter the special page link tag just like the below screen displays.

Page Link Tag

In fact, the great highlight of this method is that you can control the breaking parts totally based on your preference. You do not need to consider the exact word counts for each page, but just split the post at anywhere you like.

As for the final result of the pagination, you can check the below page sample that uses the default Twenty Sixteen template. Note that the appearance of pagination may vary based on the overall design of your WordPress theme.

Pagination Sample

Surely, you can leverage multiple parameters to customize the pagination. The detailed coding information can be checked from this codex page.

Method 2 – Use the Automatically Paginate Posts Plugin

If you always publish some long-paragraph tutorials and blog posts, splitting up your articles manually is not recommended. Instead, you can use a special plugin for the automatic pagination. This way, you can improve your webpage looking, increase your page views and decrease the bounce rate effectively.

Here, you can have a try on the Automatically Paginate Posts plugin. Once installed it in your WordPress admin, you do not need to do any complicated configurations, but simply go to the Reading Settings page. In this screen, you can find a newly-added area that is named as Automatically Paginate Posts.

Here, you firstly need to decide the supported types for the automatic pagination practice. Your default options are Posts and Pages. Then, you should determine the ways to break up your length articles.

  • Split the articles based on the specific number of pages.
  • Split the articles based on the exact words count for each page.

Automatically Paginate Posts

It is possible that you also have some short or medium-sized blog posts that do not need to be broke. For these articles, you can disable the automatic pagination function from the post editing screen. The special box for you to do so can be found from the left-bottom section of the whole page.

Disable Auto-Pagination

Method 3 – Use the Pagination by BestWebSoft Plugin

If you want to add the custom pagination block with your preferred positions and styles, you can use this plugin. Upon the installation, you need to click the Pagination button from the BWS Plugins tab.

To begin with, you should finish some general settings of this plugin.

  • The pagination function can be applied to the homepage, blog page, archive page, search results page or everywhere.
  • The pagination navigation can be located below the main content or above the main content.
  • The “Page_of_” block can be displayed or not.
  • The texts for the previous page link and the next page link need to be determined.
  • The pagination block is displayed in the shorthand output or with all the page numbers.
  • Hide the WordPress standard or custom pagination or not.

Paginaton General Settings

Next, you need to go for the Appearance part. Here, you can determine the below aspects for the overall design of the pagination block.

  • The width of the pagination block.
  • The block should be aligned at the left side, the right side or the central location.
  • The exact pixel of the left margin and the right margin.
  • The background and text colors for all the page numbers and the current page number.
  • The color, width and radius of the border.

Paginate Appearance Settings

After saving all the changes, now, you need to go back to the general setting page of this plugin. From the top of the screen, you can find some strings that need to be added into the right file to have the pagination block showcased properly.

Paginatoin Strings

Check the sample block created using this plugin in the following.

Pagination Block