I have a custom page template, so a .php file in my themes folder with this at the beginning

 * Template Name: MyTemplate

Now I can, in the WP backend, create new pages and select this template so that the page created uses this template.

How can I limit the number of pages using this template? For example, if I only want to allow one single page using this template? Or if there's only ever allowed three pages that may use it. How can I achieve this?

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You can approach this by first using a database query to count the number of pages that are already using the template:

$query = "SELECT COUNT(*) as total
    FROM prefix_posts as p JOIN prefix_postmeta as m ON p.ID = m.post_id
    WHERE p.'post_type' = 'page'
    AND p.'post_status' = 'publish'
    AND m.'meta_key'    = '_wp_page_template'
    AND m.'meta_value'  = 'page-your-template-name.php'";

Then check if your count limit has been reached and remove the page template with the theme_page_templates filter:

  • Looks like you beat be to it, I didn't notice your answer until I posted mine ;-) I will delete mine +1
    – birgire
    Jul 3, 2015 at 12:35
  • @birgire It might be worth leaving it as I didn't go so far as to create the function.
    – Jami Gibbs
    Jul 3, 2015 at 12:40

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