I am building a theme (parent theme) and I was advised to put custom page templates in theme root folder. I am copying theme twenty fourteen and found this theme using a separate directory called page-templates for keeping custom page templates but it does not work with my theme?

Can i know why twenty fourteen doing this and how ? Do I need to do the same because this is WordPress theme and I think they do everything thing in a proper way.

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Where to put custom page templates in theme?

Custom page templates in page-templates folder are automatically recognized by WordPress.This folder is recommended for global or multi-purpose page-templates.

You can check more organizing theme files on theme development handbook.

but it does not work with my theme?

Are you sure you have template files with the correct header ?


You can put custom page template in theme: create "templates" folder in theme and put the page. First you check the admin panel and create new page display template name in "Page Attributes", like:

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If is not, then open archive.php in given this line:

 * The template for displaying Archive pages
 * Used to display archive-type pages if nothing more specific matches a query.
 * For example, puts together date-based pages if no date.php file exists.
 * If you'd like to further customize these archive views, you may create a
 * new template file for each specific one. For example, Twenty Thirteen
 * already has tag.php for Tag archives, category.php for Category archives,
 * and author.php for Author archives.
 * @link http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy
 * @package WordPress
 * @subpackage Twenty_Thirteen
 * @since Twenty Thirteen 1.0

Replace This Line

Template Name: About Us

and Refresh your admin panel, creating the new page.

Remember for all created custom page templates, make sure to write the code:

Template Name: Contact Us

Put Template name (should be separate name) on page template php file (on toop). like this:

<?php /* Template Name: Page Template Name */ ?>

your file name can be template-your_template_name.php in theme folder or in subfolder in your theme folder.

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