I have the following page:


It appears fine on desktop and mobile web.

I'm working on a mobile app and using a web view to encapsulate the page within the app. Problem is I don't want the header/footer to be part of the page when it is viewed in the mobile app, but I do want them to be visible when using either desktop or a mobile browser outside the app.

Any ideas on how this can be accomplished or if I'm going about it all wrong? Thanks!

1 Answer 1


You could accomplish this with a rewrite endpoint and a template filter.

First, register a new rewrite endpoint for the page post type:

function wpd_app_view_rewrite_endpoint() {
    add_rewrite_endpoint( 'app-view', EP_PAGES );
add_action( 'init', 'wpd_app_view_rewrite_endpoint' );

Don't forget to flush rewrite rules after adding this (or just visit the Permalinks > Settings page to do this without code).

Now you will be able to add app-view/ on the end of any page permalink URL, for example, your page will be domain.com/messages/app-view/.

The next step is to detect when app-view/ is present, and load a different template in that case. For the page post type we use the page_template filter:

function wpd_app_view_page_template( $template ) {
    global $wp_query;
    if( isset( $wp_query->query_vars['app-view'] )  ) {
        $template = locate_template( array( 'app-view-template.php' ) );
    return $template;
add_filter( 'page_template', 'wpd_app_view_page_template' );

This checks if query_vars['app-view'] is set in the global $wp_query object, and loads the app-view-template.php template in this case. This will only be true when the app-view rewrite rule matches the current request.

  • Hi Milo! Thanks so much for this answer, it is very helpful!
    – davemackey
    Jan 16, 2018 at 17:51
  • Do I need to create separate functions for each type of template? e.g., archive, taxonomy?
    – davemackey
    Jan 23, 2018 at 21:24
  • You can hook the same function with multiple filters, or you can use template_include hook, which fires for all content types.
    – Milo
    Jan 23, 2018 at 22:46
  • Thanks Milo! I am having an issue when I try to set this up using filters for a custom taxonomy, any thoughts on what I'm doing wrong? wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/291987/…
    – davemackey
    Jan 23, 2018 at 22:49

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