some templates are chosen from WordPress based on slugs (e.g. category-{slug}.php).

Problem: How can I use the same template for an i18n'ed slug?

Example: I have a category-news.php and an english category with slug "news" and german category with slug "nachrichten". But of course "nachrichten" doesn't get category-news.php as a template. How can I i18n "nachrichten" so WordPress knows it means "news" before the template will be chosen internally?

1 Answer 1


Filter template_include:

add_filter( 'template_include', 'prefix_translate_template' );

function prefix_translate_template( $template )
    if ( 'category-' . __( 'news', 'your_textdomain' ) . '.php' === $template )
        return 'category-news.php';

    return $template;

But I think templates based on slugs are not a good idea in that case.

  • I didn't know the template_include filter. That seems to exactly solve my problem. Thank you very much. Any reasons why you wouldn't use slugs in this case? They seem to be very handy.
    – Pipo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 9:20
  • You have to create a new rule for each category now. That's not elegant and probably slow and error prone. I wouldn't do that. A term meta field with a template selector in the back-end is probably better.
    – fuxia
    Apr 4, 2013 at 9:23
  • You are right, especially because we use a lot of categories and a lot of languages (not just english and german). I searched for something like a "template-chooser" (like implemented in pages) before, but couldn't found something useful. I thought WordPress doesn't support something like this outside of pages?
    – Pipo
    Apr 4, 2013 at 9:26
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    There are workarounds for the missing term meta table on our site. :) You could also just use one category template and handle all the conditions in that file.
    – fuxia
    Apr 4, 2013 at 9:28

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