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how do I Setup templates for WordPress 3.0 Custom Post Type?

Posted on 2011-02-16
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I created a post type called Surgeons and I want to set a spacific template for this page type.
It looks like it is just using single.php as the template. How do I change this to a spacific one of my choosing?

Here is the code I added to the functions.php
add_action( 'init', 'create_my_post_types' );    

function create_my_post_types() {
    register_post_type( 'Surgeons',
        array(
            'labels' => array(
                'name' => __( 'Surgeons' ),
                'singular_name' => __( 'List Surgeons' )
            ),
            'public' => true,
            'hierarchical' => true,
            'show_ui' => true,
            'publicly_queryable' => true,
            'exclude_from_search' => false,
            'menu_position' => 5,
            'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'comments', 'trackbacks', 'author', 'excerpt', 'custom-fields', 'thumbnail' ),
            'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'mypage', 'with_front' => false ),
        )
    );
}

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Question by:jbrashear72
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by:jeremyjared74
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Copy the index.php file and paste it into a text editorl
Add this to the very top:
<?php
/*
Template Name: Surgeons
*/
?>

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Then name the file as surgeons.php and add it to your theme folder. You will now have the option to use this page template from the page editor page type drop menu.
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by:jbrashear72
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But this is a post not a page. the drop down for templates does not show up.

I was told that if I added a file called single-Surgeons.php that this would work but that is being ignored too.
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OK for that you need to do this:

Create a custom page template like I suggested earlier, but put this in the top of the page instead:
<?php
/*
Single Post Template: Surgeons
Description: This part is optional, but helpful for describing the Post Template
*/
?>

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Then you need to add this to your single.php:
    <?php
    $post = $wp_query->post;
    if ( in_category('10') ) {include(TEMPLATEPATH . '/singleOranges.php');}
    elseif ( in_category('11') ) {include(TEMPLATEPATH . '/singleApples.php');}
    elseif ( in_category('12') ) {include(TEMPLATEPATH . '/singleGrapes.php');}
    else {include(TEMPLATEPATH . '/singleOriginal.php');
    }
    ?>

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Then upload your new template page to your theme file. Now your posts will change templates depending on the category it is in.

NOTE: in_category("10") is where you need to add the category that will hold the posts for the template you want to use this in. So you might want to create a category for all posts that you want styled this way, then get the category id and place it where the 10 is. I added a few more template choices (11, 12) in case you wanted more. If you don't, then just give them a number like 9999 or 9998 so they don't get used.
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