I tried

add_filter( 'page_template', 'single_page_template' );

function single_page_template( $template )
      if ( is_singular( 'dwqa-question' ) ) {

          $template =  get_stylesheet_directory() . '/' . page-question.php;
      return $template;

now, if I will out put echo get_page_template(); I am getting


but modifying the page-question.php file not effecting the output ,adding some text to this template like

get_header(); ?>zzzzzzzzz

not getting out put. page.php is assign to single question page using template_include hook is this because of that , but if yes echoing get_page_template() should also give page.php tempalte path as output .

Just modified page.php like

get_header(); ?>aaaa

and aaaa is appearing on page .

How I should override it ?? please let me know if I should provide any other detail ?

  • 1
    Can you provide more details? such as the custom post type slug, is dwqa-question the post type slug in question? if so you can have a custom template specific to this post type by having single-posttypeslug.php in your theme folder – Ahmed Fouad Sep 20 '16 at 16:31
  • @AhmedElmahdy creating a single-dwqa-question.php will not work as the plugin has used template_include hook to force it use page.php and I am trying to override that . – Prafulla Kumar Sahu Sep 20 '16 at 16:40
  • Maybe they're using a hook with higher priority that's why it overrides yours? – Ahmed Fouad Sep 20 '16 at 16:46
  • @AhmedElmahdy but get_page_template() function is displaying my template as I have mentioned in question . – Prafulla Kumar Sahu Sep 20 '16 at 17:13
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    I think this is more of a question for the DW Question & Answer forum than here, because you're asking about overriding that plugin's particular implementation of determining the template to use, and not about the standard WordPress implementation. – Dave Romsey Sep 20 '16 at 21:05

From your question, it seems you're trying to override the single template of a custom post type. If so, the filter you want to use is single_template and not page_template:

function single_page_template($single_template) {
    global $post;

    if ($post->post_type == 'dwqa-question') {
        $single_template = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/' . page-question.php;

    return $single_template;
add_filter( 'single_template', 'single_page_template' );

I once had this issue and it was driving me crazy, until I found the filter on the WordPress Codex: https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Filter_Reference/single_template

  • Hi, '/' . page-question.php will most probably crash your website. – leaf Dec 12 '20 at 5:53

According to the Theme Handbook (https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/template-files-section/page-template-files/page-templates/#creating-custom-page-templates-for-global-use), "Do not use page- as a prefix, as WordPress will interpret the file as a specialized template, meant to apply to only one page on your site."

So - try renaming page-question.php something like tpl-question.php (tpl is a common prefix, short for template).

  • Thank you for your effort, but it does not solved the problem facing same situation. – Prafulla Kumar Sahu Sep 20 '16 at 16:09
  • You could try giving your function a higher priority - add_filter( 'page_template', 'single_page_template', 100 ); – WebElaine Sep 20 '16 at 21:10
  • sorry friend, but I have already tried even 9999 and it did not worked . – Prafulla Kumar Sahu Sep 21 '16 at 6:06

You mispelled the "page-question.php" portion of code, it must be included in quotes:

$template =  get_stylesheet_directory() . '/page-question.php';

Just try to implement flush of the rewrite rules function.


You are free to use the alternative way,

    global $wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->flush_rules( true );

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