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I'm having trouble setting the page template with wp-cli. According to this post, How do I set and list page_template with wpcli, it looks like:

wp post create --post_type=page --page_template='template-name.php'

should work, but it only returns "Error: The page template is invalid." Any thoughts? I've tried creating the page first and then updating using wp post update 14 --page_template='template-name.php' and that says "Success: Updated post 14." but nothing is changed when I look at the page in the Wordpress admin.

Thanks for help on this. Today is my first day working with wp-cli and it is incredible. I wish I would have come across this a long time ago.

  • Of course. Now I figured it out. The problem was that my templates were in a folder in my theme called "templates" (I use foundationPress). I did a wp post meta list post_name="post-name" and is showed that it is in the folder templates. Then I changed the above code to wp post create --post_type=page --page_template='template/template-name.php' and it worked fine. – Chuck Jan 23 '16 at 8:04
  • btw, in case someone in the same situation finds this the command wp post meta list post_name="post-name" is incredibly useful, especially if you use advanced custom fields. – Chuck Jan 23 '16 at 8:10
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I wrote this as a comment, but should have put it here.

The problem was that my templates were in a folder in my theme called "templates"

I found this out by doing:

wp post meta list post_name="post-name" 

and is showed that it is in the folder templates. Then I changed the above code to

wp post create --post_type=page --page_template='template/template-name.php' 

This worked fine

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