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Under the Hood: Custom WordPress Pagination System

If you use WordPress, you know that after a few months of blogging, there are far too many posts to display simultaneously. To reduce the loading time of your website, you could consider a pagination system, in which you display only a certain number of posts per page. By giving the user the ability to navigate through pages, your posts will all be available and left intact.

Pagination

Pagination? How?

Unfortunately, changing the posts per page option under your WordPress reading settings does not automatically create pagination; rather, you have two options:

  1. Use WordPress’ in-built functions (posts_nav_link, previous_posts_link and/or next_posts_link) to allow the user to navigate between pages.
  2. Create your own pagination system.

The main problem with the first option is that WordPress only allows the user to go to the next or previous page; there is no way to jump a set of pages without having to visit everything in-between. Consequently, the bottleneck is in the user-experience.

With the second option, the burden is on the developer. Even though it requires more coding, the user experience is not compromised. As a result, today’s article will focus on how to write your own custom WordPress pagination system. To view a demo, see Lateral Code’s pagination.

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Faster Page Generation in WordPress

In the modern age of the web, speed is key. Gone are the days when you opened a web page, and went outside for twenty minutes before coming back to find that the web page is almost finished loading. Even if there are still people on dial-up connections, the modern world demands speed.

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In the past, one of the best ways to improve speed was to reduce the size and amount of the components of the webpage. More specifics of this are outlined in an older LC article about decreasing page load time.

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10 Great Minimalist WordPress Themes

WordPress is one of the preferred choices for bloggers today due to its simplicity and features. Users may customize their site up to the last pixel. They can choose themes, add plugins, create polls, organize posts, and so much more. It is no wonder why WordPress is the most used blog software.

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In this article, we will present 10 great minimalist WordPress themes. Minimalistic designs not only look pleasing, but they also provide visitors with short download times. Because these themes use few distracting images, users can really focus on the content itself.

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5 Free PSD To WordPress (or HTML) Conversion

Due to a few problems with our previous post, we have created a new one with a much better offer. Lateral Code is willing to provide 5 lucky people with a royalty free PSD (Photoshop Display File) to WordPress (or HTML) conversion. All you need to do is send us an e-mail at mail@lateralcode.com OR leave a comment here so we can get in touch.

If you do not yet have your PSD file 100% completed, that’s no problem. We are willing to wait :) . Just remember to add a comment or e-mail us as soon as possible. Return back to this post for updates on how many free conversions are left.

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WordPress Categories

Recently, I worked on a WordPress-powered site that required the category pages to show links to the first level of subcategories and the posts filed in the category but not the subcategories themselves.

I couldn’t find any adequate documentation, so I’m putting this here for posterity:

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