When I click on a category now, it looks like..

Category Archives: MyCategory

first post

second post

third post..

I want to customize these landing pages for special categories, add text, pictures, html.

How do I do that, easiest way, w/o plugins. There might be a file to be cloned, like content-category-mycategory.php?


Here is the Template Hierarchy, which gives you an overview of the different approaches.

You could create for each category an individual PHP file:

  • either category-{CATEGORY ID}.php
  • or category-{CATEGORY SLUG}.php.

Or you could use a single file category.php in which you define the output (as well as its layout, style etc.) according to the current category - again, either depending on its ID or its slug.

Here's a short example using the ID:

$category = get_the_category();
$cat_ID = $category[0]->cat_ID;
switch ($cat_ID) {
    case 'A':
    case 'B':
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  • Got stuck finding the Template Hierachy Link... Exactly what I was looking for, easy, fast. Thx – Dan Apr 9 '13 at 17:30
  • @Dan Yeah, unfortunately, the link is not that easy to be found as a search for WordPress templates, for instance, doesn't deliver what you want. You have to search for template hierarchy instead - or just bookmark the page. ;) – tfrommen Apr 9 '13 at 17:44

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