Say for example you have a directory like this:

  - subfolder
    - template.php

If I try and call get_template_part like so get_template_part('content', 'job-listing') from the file template.php (note this is just a generic name not that actual name I'm using) it returns NULL.

Similarly, if I use get_template_part('../content', 'job-listing') this also fails to return the template. However, the first one works fine if both are in the same directory.

get_template_part() does not work if you call it when you are in a subfolder of a t


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get_template_part() will work the same no matter where or how deep you are within your theme. It always includes relative to the theme (or child theme) root.

So if you call the following from anywhere:

get_template_part( 'content', 'job-listing' );

... it will try to load (in order):

  1. child-theme/content-job-listing.php
  2. parent-theme/content-job-listing.php
  3. child-theme/content.php
  4. parent-theme/content.php

To load parts that are in a subdirectory of your theme, just use the path in the first argument:

get_template_part( 'path/to/file', 'optional-slug' );
  • Right. This is great, the main problem is to find which one of those files is going to be used in such and such case. For example, the index will load the content.php even if you think it should be the excerpt version... So in some situation, it can be confusing. Oct 12, 2018 at 4:43

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