How do I make blog pagination work?

Introduction

In order to make pagination active on your blog pages, you must set the limit option (see What is the Page Type and how do I use it? and Page Type Options for Blog).

For example, if you want to break up your blog posts into pages showing 3 posts per page, you would enter: limit= 3

Normally, this would limit the number of posts shown to only three. But, if you put the pagination template tags in your template, users will be able to navigate through all your posts.

It is important to note, however, that pagination will only be generated if there can be more than one page. So, in this case, if you have only three blog posts in all, then no pagination will be generated.

Where to put the pagination template tags

The pagination template tags should be placed in the layout_default.php file of your theme. The following snippet will make sure that the pagination is only displayed if the page type is Blog:

<?php if ( page_type() == "blog" ): ?>
<?php if ( blog_prev_page() ):?><a href="<?php echo blog_prev_page(); ?>">Prev page</a><?php endif; ?>
<?php echo blog_pagination(); ?>
<?php if ( blog_next_page() ):?><a href="<?php echo blog_next_page(); ?>">Next page</a><? endif;?>
<?php endif; ?>

Documentation for pagination template tags