It seems to me that twentyelven opens standard single posts using the file content-single.php yet when I try the same code and files they open for me in content.php

here's the code I have in index.php

<?php get_template_part( 'content', get_post_format() ); ?>

... then I have two files content.php and content-single.php

Standard posts are opening up in content.php not content-single.php

How can I fix this?


There's actually nothing to fix.

In Twenty Eleven, this is used in index.php:

<?php get_template_part( 'content', get_post_format() ); ?>

...and this is used in single.php:

<?php get_template_part( 'content', 'single' ); ?>

The design intent here is that all posts, regardless of post format, will display the same in single-post view, but that posts with defined post formats will have a custom display in archive indexes.

If you have a different design intent - e.g. you want to use the post-format custom display in the single-post view, simply change the call in single.php from this:

<?php get_template_part( 'content', 'single' ); ?>

...to this:

<?php get_template_part( 'content', get_post_format() ); ?>

Likewise, if you want to call content-single.php from within index.php, you'd need to change the call the other way around, perhaps like so:

if ( get_post_format() ) {
    get_template_part( 'content', get_post_format() );
} else {
    get_template_part( 'content', 'single' );

Another approach:

$postformat = ( get_post_format() ? get_post_format() : 'single' );
get_template_part( 'content', $postformat );

Either should result in the same thing.

  • I missed the fact that there was a single.php file ... when I saw the content-single.php file I jumped to the conclusion that get_post_format() defaulted to 'standard'; ( which would have seemed more intuitive to me; but I'm sure I'll see the logic when I get to use it more) .... but by the looks of it it defaults to false, which is why I think I'll need your suggestion of if ( get_post_format() ) ... etc ... to do what I was trying to do. Thanks – byronyasgur Jul 26 '12 at 19:03

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