A site I'm currently working on has a page structure like this

About Us
| |
|  _ Person 1
|  _ Person 2
|  _ Person 3
|... etc ...

Every 'Person' page is a separate page, but they all have the same structure using a few ACF fields to display a person's bio, photo etc.

I know how to create a custom page template for one specific page, i.e. page-slug.php, but I want to use one page template for all of those subpages.

What would be the easiest way to accomplish this?


You can always make use of the page_template filter to tell WordPress to use a specific page template for all child pages of a certain parent. It is as easy as creating a special page template, lets call it page-wpse-person.php.

Now it is as easy as including that template whenever a child page of people is being viewed. For the sake of example, lets say the page ID of people is 10

add_filter( 'page_template', function ( $template ) use ( &$post )
    // Check if we have page which is a child of people, ID 10
    if ( 10 !== $post->post_parent )
        return $template;

    // This is a person page, child of people, try to locate our custom page
    $locate_template = locate_template( 'page-wpse-person.php' );

    // Check if our template was found, if not, bail
    if ( !$locate_template )
        return $template;

    return $locate_template;
  • Thanks Pieter. This was exactly what I was looking for and just set it up this way. – Ruben Jul 6 '16 at 20:03
  • My pleasure, glad it worked for you. Enjoy ;-) – Pieter Goosen Jul 7 '16 at 4:23

The easiest way would be to create a custom post type 'person', in which you include the custom fields. The WordPress template hierarchy would then ensure that the single-person.php template is used for those posts.

  • Thanks for the suggestion, but I prefer to stick to pages so in the admin panel I keep that same visual page structure which is easier to use for the editor. I went with Pieter's solution. – Ruben Jul 6 '16 at 20:04

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