Let's say i have a custom post type names "Projects", is it possible to have two template like :

  • Minimal template (with a few info about the projet)
  • Complete template (all the info)

And the template is selected according the url :

site.com/minimal-template/project-1 or site.com/complete-template/project-1

Is it possible ? Thanks


Use the query_vars filter to add a new query variable to store the template version (minimal / complete).

add_filter( 'query_vars', 'se385568_query_vars' );
function se385568_query_vars( $vars )
    $vars[] = 'tpl';
    return $vars;

Add a rewrite rule (codex) to recognize the new link format and set the newly created query variable

add_action( 'init', 'se385568_rewrite_rules' );
function se385568_rewrite_rules()
    $cpt_slug = 'projects';
        'index.php?'. $cpt_slug .'=$matches[2]&tpl=$matches[1]&page=$matches[3]',

Use the template_include filter to change the loaded template based on your query variable.

add_filter( 'template_include', 'se385568_project_template', 90 );
function se385568_project_template()
    $qv = get_query_var('tpl', null);
    if ( empty($qv)  )
        return $template;
    // check $qv and return path to the appropriate file
    $template =  dirname(__FILE__) . '/se385568_minimal_project.php';

    return $template;

Remember to refresh the rewrite rules (Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks -> Save) after adding the code.

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