because of my taxonomy hierarchy, my taxonomy-type.php template is already used, is there a way to have only one taxonomy-type-term.php template ?

I've got 13 sub terms, do I need to create 13 taxonomy-type-[term].php templates ?



  • Could you give us an example of what you're trying to accomplish? What, for instance, do you want different on each of the subterms? I built a template recently where I setup several conditionals to handle the main term and then the subterms, all in the same taxonomy template. That may work for you. Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 20:13
  • Yes, I think it can do the trick, can you please share the code of this template with me ?
    – Cyril
    Commented Jul 3, 2011 at 15:06

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Simply use taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php.

Refer to the Template Hierarchy Codex entry regarding taxonomies.

WordPress will look for taxonomy template files in the following order:

  1. taxonomy-{taxonomy}-{term}.php - If the taxonomy were sometax, and taxonomy's slug were someterm WordPress would look for taxonomy-sometax-someterm.php.
  2. taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php - If the taxonomy were sometax, WordPress would look for taxonomy-sometax.php
  3. taxonomy.php
  4. archive.php
  5. index.php


If you're already using taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php for something other than the index archive for {taxonomy}, perhaps you should re-consider your current use of this template file?

  • Actually, my taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php is already use.
    – Cyril
    Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 16:31
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    What is taxonomy-{taxonomy}.php in use as, already, if not as the generic index archive template for {taxonomy}? Commented Jun 27, 2011 at 17:01

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