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I needed a "Home" menu item in my wordpress website, so I created a new page and named it "Home", added it to my main menu item and then from Reading Settings I selected the "Home" as Front Page.

Now the problem is, the Home is using page.php instead of index.php. I really need to get the home page using index.php as I have already designed the front page in my index.php

Could you please tell me how to make the home page use index.php instead of page.php

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have you looked at the template hierarchy? – Milo May 18 '13 at 20:40
@Milo Thanks for your reply, Yes I looked at the template hierarchy but didn't find any solution from there. But fortunately Bainternet has helped me to solve the problem. Thanks – black_belt May 18 '13 at 20:56
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The simplest way would be to duplicate your index.php in to a file named home.php in your theme's folder.

Another way would be to create a new page template same thing (copy index.php into it) and add this at the very top

Template Name: My Home Page

Then head over to the page edit screen and select "My Home Page" from the template drop down

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Thank you for your easy solution :) – black_belt May 18 '13 at 20:52

select home page as Posts page in setting>reading.it'll call you index.php.

1.if you select home page as Front page ,it'll follow page rule,so first search for front-page.php then page.php then index.php

2.if you select home page as Posts page ,it'll follow post rule,so first search for home.php then index.php

read this may help you

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So a quick fix would be to backup index.php and rename your original index.php to something like page-home.php, that way you can retain all the changes you have already made.

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You can use the template_redirect action hook.

Add the following code to your functions.php file:

if ( !function_exists( 'force_index_template' )) {
    function force_index_template() {
        if ( is_page( page_id ) ) { // Replace page_id with the page id of the home page
            global $template;
            $template = get_template_directory() . '/index.php';
            include( $template );
    add_action( 'template_redirect', 'force_index_template');

Note: Make sure to replace page_id with the id of the home page.

Wordpress functions used: is_page, add_action

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