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// ref: https://stackoverflow.com/a/49228080
$current_page = get_query_var('paged');
$current_page = max( 1, $current_page );
$per_page = 12;
$offset_start = 1;
$offset = ( $current_page - 1 ) * $per_page + $offset_start;
$post_list = new WP_Query(array(
'cat' => -15,
'posts_per_page' => $per_page,
'paged' => $current_page,
'offset' => $offset, // Starts with the second most recent post.
'orderby' => 'date', // Makes sure the posts are sorted by date.
'order' => 'DESC', // And that the most recent ones come first.
));
// Manually count the number of pages, because we used a custom OFFSET (i.e.
// other than 0), so we can't simply use $post_list->max_num_pages or even
// $post_list->found_posts without extra work/calculation.
$total_rows = max( 0, $post_list->found_posts - $offset_start );
$total_pages = ceil( $total_rows / $per_page );
if ( $post_list->have_posts() ):
while ( $post_list->have_posts() ):
$post_list->the_post();
// loop output here
endwhile;
echo paginate_links( array(
'total' => $total_pages,
'current' => $current_page,
) );
endif;
wp_reset_postdata()
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