At the moment I create a new page, set a featured image and link a certain CPT template to show all those CPT's (by using a query) with the featured image on top. However, this is in my opinion the wrong way to do this because each time I create a new CPT I'll have to create a new template. My page types now look like "default, cases, products, clients, ..." which is not the purpose of a template.

I tried using archive-CPT.php which will automatically loop through the correct CPT but the problem is that I can't use a featured image anymore. I could, but I want to change/remove/add the image via Wordpress like I do with pages...

How would I be able to achieve this the right way?

EDIT: archive-clients.php

  while( have_posts() ) : the_post();
  $header = get_the_post_thumbnail_url();
    $title = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), 'page_title', true);
    $subtitle = get_post_meta(get_the_ID(), 'page_subtitle', true);
<header class="page-header about-header" style="background-image:url(<?php echo $header; ?>)">
  <h1 class="page-hero-title"><?php echo $title; ?></h1>
  <h2 class="page-hero-subtitle"><?php echo $subtitle; ?></h2>

  while( have_posts() ) 

: the_post();

<div class="row clients">
  <?php while( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
    <h1><php the_title(); ?></h1>
  <?php endwhile; ?>

<?php get_footer(); ?>
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    Why you can't use a featured image anymore? It has nothing to do with where the posts are being shown. Please provide your code to be clearer what are you doing
    – Laxmana
    Apr 27, 2017 at 11:48
  • If I use archive-CPT.php (not using it as a template, but generated by WP) then I'm not able to add an featured image. I want to avoid having Cases archive or Product archive in my page templates because nothing else can use this..
    – Greg
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:00
  • archive-{post_type}.php is not generated by WP. The responsibility lies on the Theme. Why don't you share your code?
    – Laxmana
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:03
  • Have added minimised code example. This was my page template first but have changed it to archive-client.php which means I can't reach the page meta anymore..
    – Greg
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:15
  • Can you post the code you use to create the custom post type.
    – odinp123
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:17

1 Answer 1


In my opinion the right way to do this is to create theme options. Create a field asking the desired image for the clients post type archive.

  • True, that's a solution but it puts me off because I'll have to add more fields in the future when there are more CPT's archive pages..
    – Greg
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:39
  • You can dynamically create the theme option fields looping through all your CPT's
    – Laxmana
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:40
  • I didn't know that, I'll have to check that out then. Thanks!
    – Greg
    Apr 27, 2017 at 12:41
  • The answer provided here stackoverflow.com/a/32164479/1287548 will help you to achieve it. Apr 27, 2017 at 12:51

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