I want to use post types to style video posts differently. This should be quite easily achieved with custom post types.

But I only want the video post type to affect the post when it is in "single".

In other words I want the front page to stay as it is but when a video post is clicked on (and single.php is rendered) I want it to be styled differently than regular posts.

How can I achieve this?

I have read a dozen articles about custom post types, but all of them explain how to render CPT on the front page, which is not what I need.


add_theme_support( 'post-formats', array(
) );

I am using _s for theme development so inside the theme root folder I have a folder called template-parts with content-none.php content-page.php content-search.php content-single.php content.php and single-video.php

  • Woah - do you actually mean custom post type, or are you referring to a post with the format "video"? Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:44
  • Sorry, I was indeed referring to the "standard" post format. I will edit my question accordingly.
    – Arete
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:45
  • I think I fixed it by renaming single.video.php to content-single-video.php. This is because of the hierarchy of files that _s generates.
    – Arete
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 15:03
  • Yeah, you gotta be careful with your terminology - custom post types are something completely different! Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 15:04

2 Answers 2


Just use the single-{post-type}.php template, as described in the Template Hierarchy.

  • I have read the whole article and dozen others. It does not explain how to do this practically. The documentation merely states that it is possible.
    – Arete
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:16
  • Have you tried creating a single-{name-of-your-custom-post-type}.php in your theme folder? Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:17
  • I have but nothing happens..
    – Arete
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 14:22

single.php file or custom single-{post_type}.php


while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();
  get_template_part( 'content', get_post_format() );

make a new template file content-video.php customize video format post.

When you add post format to custom post type add support in your function.php add_post_type_support( 'post_type_name', 'post-formats' );

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