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I'd like to pre-define page_template choice in the page attributes when creating a new post in a custom post type.

Found lots to do with adding parents defaults, but stuck getting past that.

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You need to create the template files within your theme using the correct naming.

Please see:

https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/template-files-section/page-template-files/#creating-page-templates-for-specific-post-types

  • I guess I wasn't clear - I want the template auto selected when I add a new post / page / custom post type. So under page attributes, my client doesn't have to keep selecting page template and selecting the custom template from the drop down box. – Simon Forster Jul 17 '17 at 12:37
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    Please take a look at: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/204657/… – heady12 Jul 17 '17 at 12:48
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It's in the filename. single-$posttype.php, archive-$posttype.php

  • maybe I wasn't too clear - I want the custom template, using the newer method of template identification that heady12 references above, auto selected when I click new page (or new custom post type) – Simon Forster Jul 17 '17 at 12:36
  • How many different templates do you need per post type (foo)? If it's one, call it single-foo.php, if it's more than one call the default single-foo.php and use the Template Post Type header in the others. – Chris Cox Jul 17 '17 at 13:01
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As heady12 pointed out

Apply template to custom post type

With some modifications to conditions this worked.

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