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Ok, I have quite a few CPT's on my latest project. Most of the CPT's are only used to display metabox content linking to pdfs, etc. I looked around and couldn't find quite what I was looking for, but thought I could setup a function that calls the standard archive.php template if the post type is "posts" and if not it could call the archive-cpt.php file.

If anyone has seen something like that, or has set something like that up and wouldn't mind sharing their code, it would be appreciated.

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Take a look at the Template Hierarchy section of the Codex that concerns Custom Post types.

  1. archive-{post_type}.php - If the post type were product, WordPress would look for archive-product.php.
  2. archive.php
  3. index.php

What you are describing is built in, down to the file naming pattern-- archive-cpt.php

To load the same template for all CPT archives use:

function not_post_archive_wpse_107931($template) {
  if (is_post_type_archive()) {
    $template = get_stylesheet_directory().'/archive-cpt.php';
  }
  return $template;
}
add_filter('template_include','not_post_archive_wpse_107931');

That will hijack all CPT archives so I would be very careful with it. It could lead to great frustration if someone can't figure out why a CPT archive is not loading the expected template.

Barely tested. Possibly buggy. Caveat emptor. No refunds.

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  • Well, what I'm not wanting to do is create an archive-{post_type}.php template for each CPT. I'd like to use one archive-cpt.php file for all CPT's. Since they don't fall under "posts" I wasn't sure if there was a way to assign an archive-cpt.php file to any registered post type that is not "Posts"
    – mtuttle
    Jul 26, 2013 at 14:06
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    Give me a minute. You can do that with a filter.
    – s_ha_dum
    Jul 26, 2013 at 14:07
  • Awesome! I thought I could but wasn't sure. Seems like it might be an easier way to go if there are multiple CPT's. Plus my client who can't create templates (at least I don't trust them to) can then create new CPT's via a plugin I've installed.
    – mtuttle
    Jul 26, 2013 at 14:13
  • Tried that filter, but now all archive pages are coming up blank. I'll keep playing with it. Thanks for the start!
    – mtuttle
    Jul 26, 2013 at 14:52
  • I'm an idiot. Sorry. I think you want get_template_directory not get_template_directory_uri
    – s_ha_dum
    Jul 26, 2013 at 14:56

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