I want to be able to force WordPress to load an page/post based on a query in the URL.


This URL should load the myarticle post using template custom.php

I don't even know where to start with this one. Is there a hook I can use to change the template in my theme before it loads?

Any help is appreciated.

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There are a number of template filters available to override template selection. For a single post you can use the single_template filter:

function wpa_single_template( $template ) {
     if( isset( $_GET['template'] ) ) {
          $template = locate_template( $_GET['template'] . '.php', false );
     return $template;
add_filter( 'single_template', 'wpa_single_template' );
  • Is there a hook before that so that I can apply the logic to all queries, not just ones of a specific template?
    – McShaman
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 3:15
  • @McShaman The template_include filter will run last, letting you modify the template for every type of query.
    – Milo
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 3:21

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