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Building Next/Prev Buttons

By Rod Kreisler
on July 30, 2000

There have been numerous requests on the Support Forums recently
asking how to do “NEXT 1 2 3 4 5 PREV” type links from a search
result. I hope the following script will help you add this
functionality to your search result pages. This example is
written for MySQL but can be adapted quite easily to other
SQL engines.
Since each application is different I’ve used some generic
statements for the MySQL queries. TABLE should be replaced
with your table name. YOUR CONDITIONAL HERE should be replaced
by your where conditions and WHATEVER should be replaced by the
column you wish to order your results (don’t forget to add DESC
if applicable to your needs).


$limit=20// rows to return

$numresults=mysql_query("select * from TABLE where YOUR CONDITIONAL HERE order by WHATEVER");


// next determine if offset has been passed to script, if not use 0

if (empty($offset)) {



// get results

$result=mysql_query("select id,name,phone ".


"order by WHATEVER limit $offset,$limit");

// now you can display the results returned

while ($data=mysql_fetch_array($result)) {

// include code to display results as you see fit


// next we need to do the links to other results

if ($offset==1) { // bypass PREV link if offset is 0


"<a href="$PHP_SELF?offset=$prevoffset">PREV</a> &nbsp; n";


// calculate number of pages needing links


// $pages now contains int of pages needed unless there is a remainder from division

if ($numrows%$limit) {

// has remainder so add one page



for ($i=1;$i<=$pages;$i++) { // loop thru


"<a href="$PHP_SELF?offset=$newoffset">$i</a> &nbsp; n";


// check to see if last page

if (!(($offset/$limit)==$pages) && $pages!=1) {

// not last page so give NEXT link


"<a href="$PHP_SELF?offset=$newoffset">NEXT</a><p>n";



That should do the trick for you. Of course, you’ll probably want to
clean up the HTML output…
Also, note that the links to $PHP_SELF only include the $offset.
If you need to pass parameters for the where conditional of your query, you’ll
need to tack those on as well.