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WP Use parent template

To use parent template for child categories or pages. This plugin patches template hierarchy. This plugin is for who create or customize themes.


  • use parent template for child category.
  • use parent template for child page.

If you have works category with some child categories as followings, you may want to use 'category-works.php' for all three child categories. You need to copy as 'category-design.php' and the rest in default template hierarchy. WP Use parent template patches the template hierarchy to use parent template for these child categories. And also pages too.

  • example.com/works/design
  • example.com/works/illust
  • example.com/works/photo

Category template hierarchy

  1. category-{slug}.php
  2. category-{id}.php
  3. category-{parent slug}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  4. category-{parent id}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  5. category.php
  6. archive.php
  7. index.php

Page template hierarchy

  1. custom template file
  2. page-{slug}.php
  3. page-{id}.php
  4. page-{parent slug}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  5. page-{parent id}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  6. page.php
  7. index.php

See following for WordPress default template hierarchy. http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy


  • Able to use only one generation age template. 'category-child.php' is able to use as parent template for grandchild in the example of 'example.com/parent/child/grandchild'.
  • You may need to change parent template to handle child data.

Requires: 3.2 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.2.1
Last Updated: 5 years ago
Active Installs: 100+


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