How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Learn how to split a long WordPress post into smaller sections and add auto-pagination using the WordPress nextpage tag and WordPress pagination plugins.

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple PagesIf you are publishing a long article, you may want to split your WordPress post into multiple pages to make the content sections easier to read and easier for users to navigate.

WordPress has a great, yet little-known feature that allows you to easily split long posts into smaller sections to help make your content more manageable. The built-in WordPress ‘page break’ feature also auto-paginates each split section of your post.

This tutorial shows you how to split a long WordPress post into multiple pages and how to enhance your pagination using plugins.

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

To split a long post into multiple pages, log into your WordPress administration area and go to the Posts section of your site by clicking on Posts > All Posts

WordPress Posts: All Posts menu

(WordPress Posts: All Posts menu)

Locate the post you want to split into two or more pages and click the ‘Edit’ link below the post title to load the post into your ‘Post Edit’ screen …

Click Edit to edit your post

(Click ‘Edit’ to edit your post)

WordPress Page Break Tag

With the Visual editor tab active, find the location where you would like to split your page and use the Alt + Shift + P keys to insert a page break tag into your content.

inserting page breaks into your content

(Use Alt+Shift+P to insert page breaks into your content)

This is the easiest way to add a page break to your content …

Page Break tag

(Page Break tag)

The Alt+Shift+P keys insert the ‘nextpage’ tag into your content …

nextpage tag

Important

If you only want to publish a small excerpt or ‘teaser’ of your post and have readers continue reading the post by clicking on a ‘read more’ button, you will want to learn how to insert a Read More tag, not an Insert Page tag. This is covered in the tutorial below:

How To Use WordPress Post Excerpts

Manually Insert Nextpage Tag

You can also insert the ‘nextpage’ tag into your content manually to break up your post into smaller sections.

To manually insert the ‘nextpage’ tag into your content, find a location where you would like to split your page up and add a marker using symbols to mark the spot (e.g. @@@@@)  …

Use symbols to mark the location where you want to insert a page break

(Use symbols to mark the location where you want to insert a page break)

Click on the ‘Text’ editor tab and find your ‘marker’ symbols …

Find your marker symbols

(Find your marker symbols)

Type or past the ‘nextpage’ tag over your marker symbols …

Insert the nextpage tag

(Insert the nextpage tag)

Repeat the process to insert as many page breaks as necessary into your post. Once you are done adding page break tags to your content, click the ‘Update’ button to update your post …

Update your post

(Update your post)

Next, view your post …

View post

(View post)

Your post should be split into separate pages with auto-pagination added to each section …

Your post is now split with pagination added

(Your post is now split with pagination added)

Clicking on the page buttons will take you to the corresponding page sections of your post …

Click on page buttons to view each section

(Click on page buttons to view each section)

When a post is split into multiple sections, WordPress also paginates each section of the post URL.

For example:

  • http://yourdomain/post-title
  • http://yourdomain/post-title/2
  • http://yourdomain/post-title/3
  • etc …

This helps to indicate which section of the post users are viewing …

Pagination added to page URL

(Pagination added to page URL)

WordPress Pagination Tips

Add Page Navigation Text

In some instances, it can be helpful to add some page navigation text before and after your page break tags to help your readers …

Add page navigation text to let readers know that your post is split

(Add page navigation text to let readers know that your post is split)

This lets your readers know that your post has been split up …

Page navigation text

(Page navigation text)

NextPage Tag Added Incorrectly

If the ‘nextpage’ tag displays on your post instead of a page break, then you have probably added the tag to your content incorrectly …

NextPage Tag Added Incorrectly

(NextPage Tag Added Incorrectly)

This error was most likely caused by pasting the tag inside the Visual editor, instead of the Text editor. To make sure that the ‘nextpage’ tag works correctly, paste it into the ‘Text’ editor, not the ‘Visual’ tab …

Paste nextpage tag into Text tab

(Paste nextpage tag into Text tab)

You can check and see if you have pasted the tag incorrectly in your Text tab.

The screenshot below shows you what the tag will look like if you accidentally inserted it into the ‘Visual’ tab (the ‘open’ and ‘close’ brackets around the tag are converted into HTML characters and this causes the page break tag to display incorrectly) …

If you see this, the Nextpage tag has been added incorrectly

(If you see this, the Nextpage tag has been added incorrectly)

WordPress Pagination Plugins

Useful Information

Earlier WordPress versions displayed an ‘Insert Page Break’ button in the Visual Content Editor menu …

Insert Page Break Button - Earlier WordPress Versions

(Insert Page Break Button – Earlier WordPress Versions)

The functionality is still there, but the button has been removed from the menu. A number of WordPress pagination plugins will add a button to the menu and provide additional customization features.

Let’s have a look as some of these plugins  …

NextPage

Nextpage plugin

(Nextpage plugin)

This is a very simple plugin that adds a ‘next page’ button to your text editor …

next page button

(next page button)

Note: This plugin has not been added for a number of years. To learn more about this plugin, go here: NextPage

Page Break

Page Break

(Page Break)

Page Break is another very simple plugin that adds a ‘Page Break’ button to your visual editor. Just add a cursor into the content where you would like to break up your post and click the menu button to insert a ‘Page Break’ tag  …

Click the menu button to insert a Page break tag into your content

(Click the menu button to insert a Page break tag into your content)

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Page Break

Custom NextPage

WordPress Pagination plugin - Custom NextPage

(WordPress Pagination plugin – Custom NextPage)

Once Custom Nextpage is installed, it adds a ‘Settings’ menu that allows you to configure the plugin and customize various elements of your WordPress pagination …

WordPress Settings menu - Custom Nextpage

(WordPress Settings menu – Custom Nextpage)

You can experiment with all the various pagination settings to customize the appearance of your page numbering, but make sure to tick the box to ‘automatically replace the wp_link_pages’ functionality, otherwise the default settings will be use, and save your settings …

Automatically replace the wp_link_pages

(Automatically replace the wp_link_pages)

The plugin also adds a shortcode button to the Visual Editor menu, allowing you to insert page breaks by clicking the button …

Custom Nextpage Shortcode

(Custom Nextpage Shortcode)

When you click the Custom Nextpage Shortcode button, a small pop-up window will appear allowing you enter a custom title to display above your pagination section …

Add a navigation title for your pagination buttons

(Add a navigation title for your pagination buttons)

Remember to republish your post after adding as many custom page break tags as you need to split up your content into smaller sections …

Custom page break tag inserted

(Custom page break tag inserted)

Your custom navigation title will display above your pagination section along with any customizations you make to your page numbering buttons …

Pagination buttons with added navigation title

(Pagination buttons with added navigation title)

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Custom NextPage

Page-Links Plus

WordPress Pagination plugin: Page-Links Plus

(WordPress Pagination plugin: Page-Links Plus)

If you’re looking for a way to fully customize the pagination of your posts and pages, the basic Page-Links Plus plugin lets you split posts into multiple pages, customize your pagination settings, and adds a single-page display option to WordPress page lists.

The plugin also provides additional modules that let you add and customize pagination styles, auto pagination, and scrolling pagination.

The video below provides an overview of the plugin’s features and capabilities …

To learn more about this plugin, go here: Page-Links Plus

You can search for more WordPress pagination plugins inside your WordPress dashboard (go to Plugins > Add New and search for “nextpage” or “pagination” ) or the WordPress Free Plugin Repository …

WordPress Pagination plugin search

(WordPress Pagination plugin search)

Search the WordPress Free Plugin Repository for pagination plugins below:

WordPress Pagination Plugins

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Congratulations! Now you know how to split long WordPress posts into multiple pages with pagination buttons added.

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How To Use The WordPress Mobile App – Posts And Pages

Learn how to use the WordPress Mobile App’s Posts and Pages section.

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This tutorial shows you how to use the ‘Posts and Pages’ section of the WordPress Mobile App.

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How To Use The WordPress Mobile App – Posts And Pages

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add, edit and delete posts and pages in your WordPress site using the WordPress Mobile App.

For this tutorial, we’ll use the WordPress For Android version of the WordPress mobile app. The process explained below is similar for iOS devices (e.g. iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad).

For more information about WordPress For IOS, go here:

WordPress For iOS

You should have already set up your WordPress App. If not, go here.

The WordPress Mobile App – Posts And Pages

Tap on your WordPress app icon to log into your account …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Posts

To access and manage your posts, tap on the Posts menu …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

A list of your posts will display on your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

You can access more posts by scrolling down to the bottom of your screen and tapping on Load More Posts

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

To return to your main menu section, tap on the icon at the top of your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Posts – New Posts

To create a new post, tap on the “+” symbol at the top of your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The New Post screen allows you to:

  • Add a Post Title
  • Add content to your post
  • Add comma-separated Tags
  • Select or add a new Post Category
  • Select your Post Status
  • Select your Post Format
  • Specify a date and time to publish your post
  • Password-protect your post

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

To add a title and content to your new post, tap on the Title and Content fields …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Tap into the Content area to add text and media …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Note the row of formatting options and buttons at the bottom of your screen. Use these to format your text and insert media into your content …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Click on the camera icon to add media like photos and videos into your content …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

After adding an image to your post, you can adjust the image settings by tapping on the image. This brings up the Image Settings screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The Image Settings screen allows you to edit the following settings on your image:

  • Image filename – Change your image filename.
  • Image caption – Add an image caption. This field is optional.
  • Horizontal alignment – Choose from the following options: None, Left, Center, and Right.
  • Width – Use the slider to adjust the image width.
  • Use as featured image – Check the box in this field to set your image as a featured image.

After adjusting your settings, click on OK to save your new settings, or Cancel to exit the Image Settings screen without saving your settings.

To learn more about adding media to your posts, see the tutorial below:

Using Media With Your WordPress App

Whether your post is published after saving or not, depends on the following:

1 – Your Publish Status

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

2 – Your Publish Settings (i.e. whether you have specified your post to publish immediately, or schedule a past or future date and time) …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

To cancel editing your new post, click on your device’s back key …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

You will be asked to confirm whether to cancel editing your post or not …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

To save and publish your new post, tap the Save icon at the top of your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Your new post will be saved.

Posts – Edit Posts

To edit a post, select the post you want to edit from your Posts list, and tap on the Post Title

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The selected post will load and display in your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

At the bottom of your screen, you will see a row of option buttons:

  • Delete – Delete your post
  • Preview – Preview your post
  • Share – Provides a range of options for sharing your post
  • Comment – Write a comment, or reply to an existing comment left on your post
  • Edit – Edit your post

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Delete Post

To delete a post, tap on the Trash Can icon at the bottom of your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

You will be asked to confirm whether to delete the post or not. Tap Yes to delete your post, or No to cancel the delete action …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Preview Post

Tap on the Preview icon to load your post into your mobile device’s browser …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Share Post

Tap on the Share Post icon to bring up a range of options for sharing your post online …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Write Comment

Tap on the Comment icon to add a comment to your post and then tap on the Send Comment button …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Your comment (or reply to someone else’s comment) will be published on your WordPress site …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Edit Content

To edit the content of your post, tap on the Edit icon …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

After editing your content, tap on the Save icon to update your post …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Your content will be saved and updated on your WordPress site.

Other Post Options

In addition to editing your content, you can specify the following post options when creating or editing your posts:

Post Tags

Tap in the Tags field to add, edit or delete your post tags …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Type your tags into this field separated by a comma …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Post Category

Tap on the Select Categories button to add your post category …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

A list of categories will display on your screen. Tick the category you want to be associated with your post …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Note: To add a new post Category, tap on the “+” icon at the top of your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The Add New Category screen displays on your screen.

Type in the following:

  • Post Category
  • Category Slug (optional – make sure that your slug is added in lower case letters and separate works with hyphens instead spaces)
  • Category Description (optional)
  • Category Parent (optional)

And tap on the OK button when done …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The category you have selected will be added to your post …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Post Format

If you want, you can select a Post Format from the drop-down menu. Posts are set to Standard by default …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Publish Status

Select a Publish Status from the drop-down menu:

  • Publish – Update your WordPress site and set your post to Published status
  • Draft – Update your WordPress site and set your post to Draft status
  • Pending Review – Update your WordPress site and set your post to Pending Review status
  • Private – Update your WordPress site and set your post to Private status
  • Local Draft – Update your WordPress site and set your post to Local Draft status…

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Note: When set to Local Draft, your content will be stored as a draft post on your mobile device only. No content will be transferred to your WordPress site …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Publish Settings

By default, posts publish immediately after saving/updating. To change your post dates, or schedule your posts for publishing in the future, tap on Edit

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The Publish Date screen pops up. Select the date you want to set as your post’s publish date …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

After selecting the publish date, tap Set to continue …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

The Publish Time screen pops up. Select the time you want to set for your post’s publish settings and tap on the Set button to finish editing this section …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Your Post date will be changed …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

If you set posts to publish at a future date, your posts will be marked as Scheduled

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Password Protection

You can password protect your posts. This restricts who can view your post content to those who have access to the password.

To password-protect your post, tap into the Password (optional) field …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Enter your password …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Save your post to finish password-protecting it …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

To learn how to protect content on your WordPress posts and pages, see the tutorial below:

How To Protect Content In WordPress

Pages

To access and manage your pages, tap on the Pages menu …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

A list of all your pages displays on your screen …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Pages work in a similar way to posts, with only some minor differences. Refer to the tutorials on using posts above for creating, adding and deleting pages using the WordPress App on your mobile device.

Additional Information

Your mobile device can provide additional functions when working with posts and pages.

For example, if you select a portion of text on your screen when editing posts and pages, a menu may display at the top of your screen proving you the following options:

1 – Select all content

2 – Cut selected text

3 – Copy content to your clipboard

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Select a portion of text on your screen and a new menu appears with the following options:

  • Share – Share your selected text through a range of online sharing services
  • Find – Find a word or text on your screen
  • Web Search – Search your selected text online

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Select Find allows you to search for a specific word or keyphrase in your content …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

A search field appears. Type in the word a portion of text and the Find function will highlight all instances where this particular text appears in your content …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Use the scroll buttons to navigate through the highlighted text on your page …

How To Post To WordPress Using Mobile Devices

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Mobile App for adding, editing, and deleting posts and pages on your WordPress site via a mobile device.

Next Step:

Now that you know how to use the ‘Posts and Pages’ section of the WordPress Mobile App, the next step is to learn how to use the ‘Comments’ section of the App.

To learn more about using the WordPress Mobile App’s Comments section, see the tutorial below:

How To Use The WordPress Mobile App – Comments

See Also …

How To Use The WordPress Mobile App

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WordPress Post Formats

Learn what WordPress post formats are, what they are used for, and how to assign post formats to your posts in WordPress.

WordPress Post FormatsA Post Format allows WordPress theme developers to customize how a post is presented to users and to determine how the content in a particular post type will behave and display to your site visitors, without having to modify the content type itself.

What this means, is that, depending on your WordPress theme, choosing a certain post format might display your content in the sidebar, for example, or be styled in a specific way.

Although posts may appear differently depending on their assigned post format, they are still posts, and will display on your WordPress RSS Feed regardless of the post formats you’ve assigned to each individual post on your site.

It’s important to understand that not all themes support certain Post Formats and some themes support only some of the standard post formats that WordPress makes available.

WordPress Post Formats

The simplest way to grasp what Post Formats do and how they work, is to think of it this way:

  1. A WordPress Theme Developer decides how a particular post type should behave and present to site visitors, and then customizes the style and function of that post type (e.g. videos, or quotes) for their theme.
  2. You upload the theme to your site.
  3. Whenever you create a new post, if you choose to assign a different post format to that particular post (i.e. something different than the default format), your post will behave and display as specified by the theme developer when they first created the theme.
  4. If you want your theme to present your post differently for a particular post format, then you will need to customize the theme templates and modify the code that instructs the theme how to display post formats, or ask a web designer to customize the theme for you.

WordPress Post Formats allow you to easily style your post content!

(WordPress Post Formats allow you to easily style your post content!)

Themes that support Post Formats allow you to change how each post is presented by choosing a Format from a radio-button list when creating or editing posts …

WordPress Post Format Options

(WordPress Post Format options)

Brief Description Of WordPress Post Formats

The following Post Formats are available on WordPress themes that support this feature:

  • Standard – This is the default format for WordPress posts.
  • Aside – Use this format to make posts similar to a Facebook note update.
  • Gallery – Use this format to display a gallery of images. Your post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and have image attachments.
  • Link – Use this format to display a link to another site.
  • Image – Use this format to display a single image.
  • Quote – Use this format to display a quotation. Can be used to display the quote as the content of the post, and the source or author as the title.
  • Status – Use this format for posting a short status update similar to a Twitter status update.
  • Video – Use this format to display a single video.
  • Audio – Use this format to post an audio file (e.g. a podcast).
  • Chat – Use this format to post a chat transcript.

How To Use WordPress Post Formats

To assign a format to a post, do the following:

1 – Create a new post or edit an existing one,

2 – Select the Post Format from the ‘Format’ section on your post editor sidebar …

Select A Post Format

(Select a Post Format)

3 – Remember to click Publish or Update when finished to save your changes.

Important

By default, the Standard Post Format is assigned to all new posts in the WordPress Writing Settings section.

help To learn how to configure your WordPress Writing settings, see the tutorial below:

redarrow WordPress Writing Settings

Post Formats vs Custom Post Types

WordPress Post Formats are different than WordPress Custom Post Types. With a Post Format, regardless of the type of format you assign to a post, they are all still regular posts, just presented differently.

A Custom Post Type, on the other hand, is used when you want to create content that will not be grouped with your regular posts.

The difference, then, is in how your content is going to be used.

  • If you’re simply creating a regular post, then choose a Post Format, (most posts use the default Standard Post Format).
  • If you want to store content that isn’t supposed to be read or viewed by users as posts (e.g. testimonials, forms, directory listings, portfolios, e-commerce orders, products, etc.), then choose to use a Custom Post Type.

Using Post Formats standardizes the presentation of your posts while allowing a little room for variations. So, for example, if you want to present videos on your site using a standard format for presenting posts where the only content in the post is a video, then choose the video post format. This will allow you to display all video posts in a specific format, instead of having to style each video post individually …

Video Post Format

(Video Post Format)

We cover WordPress custom post types in other tutorials.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of what WordPress Post Formats are, what they are used for, and how to assign specific Post formats to your posts.

How To Use WordPress Post Formats

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