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I need to change the template on several hundred pages on my site. Does anyone know if there is a command to do it programmatically? See the following code snippet; I'd like to replace my comment inside the loop with a function that will change the template of the current page:

query = new WP_Query($args);
while ( $query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post();
  if ( has_tag('tag-slug') )
     /* CHANGE TEMPLATE OF $post */
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Watch out for the typo in your question. "$the_query->the_post" should be "$query->the_post". –  Doug Aug 5 '11 at 19:18

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I take it that you mean saving the pages with a new post-template to the DB? see if there's anything in the post object that refers to the page-template, if so craft a query that updates that.


Taken from the wp_insert_post documentation

NOTE: The page_template key was removed from the $post table and is now located in the wp_postmeta table. To set the page template of a page, use update_post_meta instead with a meta key of _wp_page_template.

So you can fetch the page template using get_post_meta, and update it with update_post_meta (Or set it with add_post_meta)

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Yes, that's what I'm referring to. Do you know of a good source for documentation on the post object? –  The Mythical Bird Aug 4 '11 at 13:06
See updated answer :) –  Xeross Aug 4 '11 at 13:15
Thanks! I'd upvote you if I were able to. :) –  The Mythical Bird Aug 4 '11 at 13:26

What kinds of formatting are you referring to? If you want to change the formatting that can be changed by css. You can use post_class() which will add a class naming your tag in the container. Then you can style targeting that class.

Inside the loop:

<div <?php post_class()?> >

Also check the action pre_get_post; Using it with conditionals might help.

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Try this:

while ( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post();
  if ( has_tag('tag-slug') )
     get_template_part( 'content', 'tag-slug' );
     get_template_part( 'content' );


You would then need to create content.php and content-tag-slug.php with the appropriate content.

You could also look into setting up Post Formats. A bit more work up front, but a nicer experience down the road.

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