WordPress post-pagination (Splitting WordPress Posts into several smaller posts)

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I often create articles of epic proportions.  That means a single piece of content that is 3000, 4000, 5000 words or more.  In these cases, it is a great idea to split the post up into several smaller posts.  Reasons for this include:

If a visitor needs to visit several pages to read an entire article, they can be:

  1. Exposed to more advertising on your site.
  2. Visit more pages on your site, increasing page views (which Google likes).
  3. Decrease bounce rate, since they are clicking through to the second page to continue reading.

The following video shows how to split up WordPress posts into smaller chunks.

If you find that your theme is not splitting up the posts correctly, make sure that:

  1. You are adding the code in the “Text” tab, not the visual tab.
  2. When you have saved your article, the code remains intact (i.e. shows the < and > tags, rather than some code following an & sign).
  3. Check that your theme actually supports this WordPress feature (contact your them’es support).

 

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The code to insert is:

<!–nextpage—>

NOTE: I recommend you copy and paste it into a text editor to make sure what you have copies is text-based.  Then copy from the text editor to paste into your article (on the Text tab).

The theme I am using on this site, and in the video is Customizr Pro.  There is a free version you can download.

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4 thoughts on “WordPress post-pagination (Splitting WordPress Posts into several smaller posts)”

  1. A few notes of warning for using this method:
    1) Jump Links/Anchors will no longer work (I have 1000s of these on my site and each would have to be manually recoded for the new “page”),
    2) Rather than 1 page with the same title/meta, you now have 6-7 (google has been known to consider this duplicate content),
    3) if an article shortens for any reason (it goes from 7 to 6 pages, you will get an error in Webmaster tools for a missing page – just like when a category shortens).

    so just make sure using pagination outweighs these costs for your site.

    1. Hi Melissa
      1. Good point for those that use this type of linking.
      2. Google have discussed the pagination and duplicate content problem before. The best way to fix it is by using a plugin like Yoast SEO. Putting %%page%% after title and description strings will add “page 1 of 7” or whatever to the the end of the title and description. This avoids duplicate content and Google understand what is going on.
      3. Thanks for highlighting this. Using a custom 404 should be able to deal with any problems like this more elegantly.

      cheers
      Andy

  2. I have Customizer Pro and love it except, it doesn’t accept pagination as your video shows. What are you not showing us that you did to the Customizer to get it to do this. I understand the video and the size and color change but need to have it paginate to do that… tried to contact Customizer people as you suggested (had to go to FB page to do that as they have no contact info on the site), and have gotten no answer…

    1. Jim
      It’s possible Customizr Pro changed if something I am showing in the video is not working now. I don’t remember doing any ninja tricks to get this as shown in my video.

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