How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

How to Split WordPress Posts into Multiple Pages

If you publish long posts on your site, it can be tedious for your readers to scroll and scroll through heavy chunks of text.

An easy way to break up your words is by splitting your posts into multiple pages.

Splitting pages is also an easy way to make it easier for readers to consume your content while increasing page views on your site.

In this article, we’ll look at how to break your WordPress posts into multiple pages.

Splitting WordPress Posts

Dividing your posts into two or more pages is surprisingly simple. You can add this tag anywhere you want, as many times as you want.

To accomplish the task, you can use the Page Break tag in either of WordPress’s editors: Gutenberg or the Classic Editor.

Using the Gutenberg (Block) Editor

Click the plus sign + button to add a new block, then type to locate (or scroll to) “Page Break”.

Page divider block in Gutenberg editor.
Adding the break break tag block in Gutenberg editor.
Page break tag in Gutenberg editor
Page break tag used in the Gutenberg editor.

Using the Classic Editor

Make sure you are on the “Text” tab (rather than “Visual”).

Classic Editor, text tab.
Classic Editor, text tab.

Add the following tag wherever you want to split your post:

<!--nextpage-->

Classic Editor with 'page divider' code inserted.
Classic Editor with the page break code inserted.

Once saved or published, your posts will display links at the bottom of your text for corresponding pages.

Post preview using page divider code.
Post preview using page break tag.

Splitting Hairs Posts

Whichever editor you decide to work in, using the page break tag in WordPress will split your posts so readers can easily flick through your content.

If you want to customize the look, there’s a great guide in the WordPress Codex that walks you through changes you can make with CSS.

There are a number of benefits to splitting posts:

  • improved look and feel to your site, if you regularly publish long-form articles, tutorials, and guides
  • more pages to place your ads, increasing advertising revenue
  • increased number of page views on your site
  • decreased bounce rates on your site by encouraging readers to spend time reading through your content

Be careful not to over-use the tag, taking into consideration your site’s needs, as well as your audience preferences.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for accuracy and relevancy.
[Originally Published: March 2014 / Revised: April 2022]

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Janette Burhans

Janette Burhans Janette Burhans is a blog writer, WhiP & Roundup contributor, and content creator at WPMU DEV. Her professional career as an author and artist spans over two decades, half of those in the world of WordPress. Her writing has been featured in Glamour magazine, and her personal blog, Platinum Pink. Connect with Janette on Twitter & LinkedIn.