have a site w/a static home page and a posts page and then a number of other static pages - i set up a custom header for the home page and then another all other pages like this in the header


else {


it works perfectly except that the posts page is displaying header_front.php instead of header_default.php

so i guess im asking how i get wordpress to realize that the posts page isnt the home page

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    use is_front_page() for static front pages.
    – Wyck
    Mar 27, 2011 at 23:20
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    You're using the wrong conditional. "is_home()" applies to the Blog Posts index, whether displayed on the Front Page or not. As Wyck said, you need to use "is_front_page()" if you want to output something (or not) on the Front Page. Mar 28, 2011 at 3:05
  • yeh i tried that already and it displayed header_default.php on both the static home page and the blog - so it did change the header on the blog but it unfortunately changed it on the home page too - v frustrating - thx tho!
    – j1mmy
    Mar 29, 2011 at 5:24

2 Answers 2


Instead of using include(TEMPLATEPATH use the built in WordPress API.

The WordPress API accommodates for using different headers.

       if (is_front_page() ) {
               get_header( 'front' );

        } else {

Your custom header template should be named header-front.php and your default header should be named header.php


ok so i guess there was some code in the template for the home page that i c&ped off some site that was making wordpress think it was the blog page - once i excised that and then did is_front_page() everything was cool - so thx

this is the code if anyone might be at all interested - i was under the impression it was necessary to designate a template - obvs theres a bunch of extra stuff in there tho

Template Name: blog
$pagenum = $wp_query->query_vars;
$pagenum = $pagenum['paged'];

if (empty($pagenum)) {
$pagenum = 1;


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