I have multiple custom post types, viz., research, documents, booklets. I have a single archive template for each of them , archive-research.php, archive-documents.php, archive-booklets.php respectively.

I need another template where I display posts from all these CPTs.

For a single CPT, I used the following code:

    'post_type' => 'post_type_name_here',
    'posts_per_page' => 4,

Is there any way to merge theme?

  • What do you mean merge?
    – Howard E
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 0:46
  • None of your existing templates should be using query_posts(). WordPress will query the correct posts for you. Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 1:22
  • Create a new page template and use WP_Query with the post_type key having an array with all your post types.
    – Karun
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 5:14
  • @Karun that's the answer I needed. I don't know that we can use an array for post_type. Thanks Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 6:21
  • @SundayLalbiaknia use this 'post_type' => array('viz', 'research', 'documents', 'booklets'),
    – Karun
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 6:23

1 Answer 1


As Jacob Peattle mentioned, you should not be using query_posts in your custom archive templates, that's redundant as WP is already going to query those posts for you. What you really need is pre_get_posts (https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Action_Reference/pre_get_posts). That will allow you to conditionally modify the parameters of the main query before it executes. Additionally since you are effectively executing the same query for all 4 CPTs, then it's unnecessary to have 4 separate templates to do so, instead take a look at the template_include filter https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Filter_Reference/template_include

Add the following to your functions file...

//Modify the main query    
function custom_archive_query($query){
   if(is_admin() || !$query->is_main_query()){
   $cpts = array("research","documents","booklets");
      $query->set('post_type', $cpts);
add_action('pre_get_posts', 'custom_archive_query');

//Add the template redirect
function custom_archive_template($template){
   $cpts = array("research","documents","booklets");
      $new_template = locate_template( array( 'custom_archive-template.php' ) );
      if(!empty($new_template)) return $new_template;
   return $template;
add_filter('template_include', 'custom_archive_template');

As an additional note, you may need to adjust your query more than this example, and obviously your custom post type names to match. Your original query is paging at 4 posts per page, that may have undesired results due to the fact that you're combining multiple post types.

  • I had the same issue, this solved my problem. Thanks.
    – James
    Commented Mar 31, 2020 at 7:50

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