I have created a custom post type called customtype. From my understanding the template file for it would be single-customtype.php which is placed inside wp-content/themes/mytheme.

Can I place the single-customtype.php file inside a custom folder in the theme directory? It's not critical but would help with theme files organization.

This is what I want to achieve: wp-content/themes/mytheme/customtype/single-customtype.php

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    I don't think this is going to be easy to do - you're essentially rewriting a part of WP's template architecture. I think these files would have to remain in your theme root, but as an answer states, you can use get_template_part() to split reusable bits of code up, including into subfolders.
    – Tim Malone
    Commented May 2, 2016 at 21:43
  • You can do it, but it's questionable as to whether it's worthwhile. Have a look at my answer to a similar question yesterday: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/227006/… If you're up for the challenge when you've seen that, I can help you modify that answer for your case. Commented May 19, 2016 at 14:01

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You may want to look at the TwentySixteen theme, which does it this way:

In single.php:

get_template_part( 'template-parts/content', 'single' );

Several templates are grouped in the 'template-parts' folder. You could use a similar logic for your custom post type.

It seems that the technique comes from _underscores.

  • single-customtype.php will still remain in the main directory (I was hoping to move archive-customtype.php as well) I'm more concerned about the main files than template parts but this will help a bit.
    – Aziz
    Commented May 2, 2016 at 21:00

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