I am trying to set a single page template that will apply to any page which URL begins with confirmation-.

For example (page names):


Should I just create a single-confirmation or will I need a custom filter?

2 Answers 2


We can make use of the page_template filter to achieve this. All we need to do is to make sure that confirmation is the first word in the page page title

add_filter( 'page_template', function ( $template )
    // Get the current page object
    $post = get_queried_object();

     * Get the first instance of confirmation, if it is not 0, bail
     * We will be using the page name, which is the slug
    if ( 0 !== stripos( $post->post_name, 'confirmation' ) )
        return $template;

    // We have confimation as first word, lets continue
    $locate_template = locate_template( 'page-confirmation.php' );

    // Check if $locate_template is not empty, if so, bail
    if ( !$locate_template )
        return $template;

    // page-confirmation.php exist, return it
    return $locate_template;
  • 1
    Thanks very much Pieter, you are fast becoming my own personal WP Jedi :)
    – James
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:03
  • Ah, this code is overriding all other page templates..
    – James
    Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:36
  • We just needed a stricter check, !== works, check updated code Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 14:54
  • Glad it worked. Enjoy ;-) Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 15:03
$url = 'http://' . $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'] . $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
if (strpos($url,'confirmation') == true) {



I managed to come up with this solution, not very elegant though as this code needs to be put into default page.php, I would prefer a filter of some sort that does this dynamically.

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