I'm working with the paid child Wordpress theme which I can not change because after it's update all my changes would be lost. I need to change post template (for castom post type, in my case it's single-listing.php). How can I add some blocks to template without changing template file?


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I'm not sure you can - if you can't make a child of a child theme ( which I'm fairly certain you can't ) and the main theme doesn't supply any hooks - the only real thing you could do is hook into get_footer(); but that may be too late.


Filter template_include, use output buffering to catch the rendered file content and DOMDocument to change it.

Untested example:

add_filter( 'template_include', function( $template ) {

    // Bail out early.
    if ( 'the-file-you-want-to-filter' !== $template )
        return $template;



    include $template;

    $content = ob_get_clean();

    // See user notes on http://php.net/manual/en/domdocument.loadhtml.php
    $doc = new DOMDocument();
    $doc->loadHTML( '<?xml encoding="UTF-8">' . $content );

    // dirty fix
    foreach ($doc->childNodes as $item)
        if ($item->nodeType == XML_PI_NODE)
            $doc->removeChild($item); // remove hack
    $doc->encoding = 'UTF-8'; // insert proper  

     * Edit the file content here.
    echo $doc->saveHTML();  


    return FALSE;

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