Trying to solve this issue for the past hour and I can't figure out what's going on.

Trying to create single-blog.php (I have a few posts which are under the category 'blog') but Wordpress automatically redirects these posts to single.php! I've flushed the permalinks by settings > permalink > save changes but still nothing happens. To test & to see if Wordpress picks up on single-blog.php the code I used was:

<?php get_header(); ?>
     <h1>TEST HERE</h1>
<?php get_footer(); ?>
  • I had the same problem. I solved it by modifying the Permalink to Post name - /%postname%/ Oct 6, 2015 at 7:50
  • can you not use single-post-blog.php? Mar 15, 2019 at 13:33

1 Answer 1


Read Template Hierarchy article in the codex, especially pay attention to Single Post Display part.

As you can see you have only three options:

  1. single-{post_type}.php
  2. single.php
  3. index.php

It means that you can't create a template for posts related to blog category. So you shouldn't use single-blog.php template, use single.php instead and add there something like this:

<?php get_header(); ?>
    <?php if ( has_category( 'blog' ) : ?>
        <h1>TEST HERE</h1>
    <?php else : ?>
        <h1>Else posts</h1>
    <?php endif; ?>
<?php get_footer(); ?>
  • 1
    Also, if you need to customize the single-post display for posts in a particular category, if those changes can be pared down to CSS, then you can take advantage of the CSS classes output by body_class() and post_class() to accomplish what you're after. Oct 1, 2013 at 14:06
  • Thanks for the tip. Out of curiosity, when does single-{post_type}.php become relevant if a simple if/else function works? Oct 2, 2013 at 6:39
  • @NazarAbubaker if you use custom post type like product, then you can use single-product.php template for this CPT. Oct 2, 2013 at 6:43

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