Ok, I installed the Custom Post Type UI plugin and create one. I then added a new post to it. In my theme, i have a piece of code like this:

    $loop = new WP_Query( array( 
        'post_type' => 'case studies',   /* edit this line */
        'posts_per_page' => 15 ) );

<?php while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post(); ?>  

    <a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php the_title_attribute(); ?>" >
        <?php the_post_thumbnail('thumbnail'); ?>

<?php endwhile; ?> 

Now, firstly if i click the thumbnail, i get an error in the browser saying it's in a redirect loop, but secondly I'd like to know exactly what files i need to create to view a single post of this custom post type. And what to put in that file.

  • man, my website dont open in the single. Helpe me please. Mar 23, 2021 at 14:29
  • @WashingtonLuiz I converted your answer into a comment, do not post new questions as solutions. Unfortunately, this is something that would need to be debugged further and not fit for the answers section. I would recommend asking your question over at the WordPress Forums.
    – Tom J Nowell
    Mar 23, 2021 at 15:00

4 Answers 4


Use single-{posttype}.php for the single template. Also, if you register your post type with the has_archive argument set to true, then you can use archive-{posttype}.php for your archive template, which will allow you to skip that query that you have there, since the global $wp_query object will already be populated with your custom post type.

BTW, you have a space in your post_type argument, which will be a problem.

Check out the Template Hierarchy, and consider registering your CPTs using code in a plugin rather than using a CPT UI plugin.


There's no need as WordPress will use the default page template however you can create a custom single-cpt.php file where cpt is the name of your registered post type.


get_header(); ?>

<div id="main-content" class="main-content">

    <div id="primary" class="content-area">
        <div id="content" class="site-content" role="main">
                // Start the Loop.
                while ( have_posts() ) : the_post();

                    // Include the page content template.
                    get_template_part( 'content', 'page' );

        </div><!-- #content -->
    </div><!-- #primary -->
</div><!-- #main-content -->

  • and where to put the file single-cpt.php ? Oct 9, 2020 at 20:14
  • In your child theme folder, cpt being the name of your custom post type. Apr 19, 2021 at 12:58
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    What if I don't have access to Theme folder and I have to manage everything in a plug-in?
    – Mohal
    Nov 25, 2021 at 16:55

You could just write this into your single.php file (within the loop) and echo out whatever fields you need within the if statement.

if($post_type == 'case_studies') { // you may need this to be without spaces (machine name)

                echo '<h1>'.get_the_title().' flavors</h1>';

               // post id
             $post_id = get_the_ID();
              get_post_meta($post_id, 'custom_field_name', true);

                <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_post_thumbnail(); ?></a> 
                  <?php endwhile; ?>


Another option is t0 create a page template. Copy your single.php file and rename it case_studies.php .. at the top within php tags add:

Template Name: Brand Output 04/12

and then add the same if statement within the single.php loop as the above example...

  • 1
    Thsi works, but it is bad, bad practice, the nearest you should ever get to this is get_template_part('stuff',$post->post_type);
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 26, 2012 at 22:01
  • can you explain why it is bad practice?
    – Starfs
    Apr 27, 2012 at 12:34
  • 1
    Because it's unclean code, and you have a tonne of if else statements, and duplicated code. You would be better creating a template file like 'content.php', and doing get_template_part('content',$post_type); and using content-case_studies.php to override it on a per post type basis
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 27, 2012 at 15:01
  • That way your single.php remains readable. Even then it would eb better ot do it the proper way and use single-case_studies.php
    – Tom J Nowell
    Apr 27, 2012 at 15:02
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    cool. I changed the code in my theme to reflect this new method for outputting custom post types. thanks for the heads up
    – Starfs
    Apr 30, 2012 at 18:00

Custom Post Type in wordpress.Basic four steps.Step1: File Path location : theme/function.php in your theme.Paste code in function.php (register custom post type )


add_action( 'init', 'custom_post_type_func' );
function custom_post_type_func() {
    //posttypename = services
$labels = array(
'name' => _x( 'Services', 'services' ),
'singular_name' => _x( 'services', 'services' ),
'add_new' => _x( 'Add New', 'services' ),
'add_new_item' => _x( 'Add New services', 'services' ),
'edit_item' => _x( 'Edit services', 'services' ),
'new_item' => _x( 'New services', 'services' ),
'view_item' => _x( 'View services', 'services' ),
'search_items' => _x( 'Search services', 'services' ),
'not_found' => _x( 'No services found', 'services' ),
'not_found_in_trash' => _x( 'No services found in Trash', 'services' ),
'parent_item_colon' => _x( 'Parent services:', 'services' ),
'menu_name' => _x( 'Services', 'services' ),
$args = array(
'labels' => $labels,
'hierarchical' => true,
'description' => 'Hi, this is my custom post type.',
'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'excerpt', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'trackbacks', 'custom-fields', 'comments', 'revisions', 'page-attributes' ),
'taxonomies' => array( 'category', 'post_tag', 'page-category' ),
'public' => true,
'show_ui' => true,
'show_in_menu' => true,
'show_in_nav_menus' => true,
'publicly_queryable' => true,
'exclude_from_search' => false,
'has_archive' => true,
'query_var' => true,
'can_export' => true,
'rewrite' => true,
'capability_type' => 'post'
register_post_type( 'services', $args );

Step2: how can show wordpress custom post type in wordpress template page ?

You can show anywhere in template page like this :

<?php   $args = array( 'post_type' => 'services', 'posts_per_page' => 20 );
            $loop = new WP_Query( $args );
            while ( $loop->have_posts() ) : $loop->the_post(); ?>
            <div class="services-items">
            <?php the_title(); 
        if ( has_post_thumbnail( $post->ID ) ) {
        echo '<a href="' . get_permalink( $post->ID ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( $post->post_title ) . '">';
        echo get_the_post_thumbnail( $post->ID, 'thumbnail' );
        echo '</a>'; }

    <?php endwhile; ?>

Step3: Create new template for show single post like this

single-{custom post type name}.php or single-services.php

Step4: Paste code in single-services.php file

 <?php /* The loop */ ?>
            <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); ?>
                <div class="main-post-div">
                <div class="single-page-post-heading">
                <h1><?php the_title(); ?></h1>
                <div class="content-here">
                <?php  the_content();  ?>
                <div class="comment-section-here"
                <?php //comments_template(); ?>

            <?php endwhile; ?>

This is custom post type example with single post page.

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