If you read news or magazine publications online, you are probably familiar with long articles that publishers split into several pages to make it easier for readers to digest the information without having to scroll down one very long page.

Depending on the content you have written and the amount of information that you are trying to convey to your readers, your own posts can also end up becoming extremely lengthy.

If you are concerned that one or more of your posts has become “too long” and you feel that this might have a negative effect on your readers, then don’t despair. WordPress has a great, yet not very not well-known feature that allows you to easily split long posts into multiple pages to help make your content more manageable. This feature is not well-known, because blog posts are not usually that long, and so few WordPress users have any real need for it. It is there, however, if you do need to use it.

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to split long posts into multiple pages.

Watch the video below and then complete the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to split your WordPress Posts into multiple pages …

 

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages: Step-By-Step Tutorial

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.

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Locate the post you want to split into two or more pages and click the Edit link below the post title to open it in the Post Edit screen.

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Make sure the Visual Editor tab is active, then scroll down your post until you find a suitable location in the content to insert a page break, and click on the spot with your mouse button to place a blinking cursor on the page …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

The menu item we are looking for is the Insert Page Break button …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

You can also use Alt + Shift + P keys to insert a page break into your content …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

After clicking on the Insert Page Break button a “tag” with a dotted line will be added to the location where your cursor was placed …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

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

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Once you have finished editing your post, publish or republish it, then open the post in a new browser window and scroll down to the location in your content where you have added a page break. You should see a section with clickable page numbers, as shown in the screenshot below …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Clicking on the page numbers will navigate the readers to different pages of the same post.

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

When a post is split into multiple pages, a page number corresponding to the page of each split section is added to end of the post URL. For example:

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

Additional Notes

The Insert Page Break button may or may not be visible on your menu. If you cannot see the Insert Page Break button in your menu, switch to the Text editor and place the following code in the location where you want the page to be split …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

Note: It’s important to add the code in the Text editor, as shown in the example below …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

If you publish your post and see the “nextpage” tag displayed on the post instead of a page break, then the error was most likely caused by pasting the code inside the Visual editor, instead of the Text editor …

How To Split Long WordPress Posts Into Multiple Pages

If you don’t want to add the code suggested above, then you can use either the TinyMCE Advanced plugin, which we cover in a separate tutorial, or the NextPage Buttons plugin to add the next page button to your menu.

WordPress Plugin - NextPage Buttons

NextPage Buttons is a simple WordPress plugin that puts the <!–nextpage–> buttons back into the WordPress editor toolbar.

Congratulations! Now you know how to split long posts into multiple pages.