Custom Archive Index Page (with pagination)

Ok, so here’s something I had a little trouble with a couple of days ago. I just could not get it to work, although the answer was pretty obvious. I was working on creating a custom archive index page on a site and could not get the template the paginate. Here’s what i found to the quickest way to do it with query_posts(): [code lang=”php”] query_posts(‘cat=3&paged=’ . get_query_var( ‘paged’ )); if ( have_posts() ) : while ( have_posts() ) : the_post() // do your thing here endwhile; endif; wp_reset_query(); [/code] You have to make sure you pass the paged parameter to query_posts(), using get_query_var(‘page’). This is all I was forgetting. You could set this to something like ‘3’, which would only display the posts that would normally show on page 3 of your paginated archive. Or you could make it dynamic by using get_query_var( ‘paged’ ). This will set it to whatever page you might be on at the time, with the URL containing something like /page/2. And I always reset the query. Often times I am calling on the post ID in the sidebar, so not resetting the query will mess me up. It’s a good habit to get into when using query_posts().

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