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  • I just upgraded to 2.8 and not sure how to create a custom page template. Specifically, I don’t want the comment form on my pages.

    How do I customize my Pages in 2.8?


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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Custom page templates are created using the same basic approach as in previous versions:

    If you just want to remove comment links and comment forms from your current templates, see

    Thanks esmi. The codex article wasn’t very clear, but I figured it out. You just create a php file in your theme directory (e.g. /public_html/my-blog-name/wp-content/themes/my-theme-name/page-custom.php) and define the name of the page template in the top of the php file like so:

    Template Name: my-custom-page

    Afterwards, you will see a Template section with dropdown list when you go to Add a New Page. If no custom templates are defined, that section and the dropdown list is not there, which makes it confusing.

    One thing I’m still not sure about is how to insert custom javascript into the header of my custom Page Template. I know I can call a .js file that contains my script, but I think that means editing the header.php file of my theme–and that will impact everything, not just the custom Page.

    Is there anyway to include custom javascript in a custom Page Template?



    Forum Moderator

    Not necessarily. You could include it in your header.php file but using the is_page_template() conditional.

    <?php if(is_page_template('custom_page.php')) :?>
    <script src="<?php bloginfo('template_directory'); ?>/custom_script.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <?php endif;?>

    It sounds like is_page_template() should do it.

    I’m still a little mystified over how Default and Custom Templates work, however.

    I’ve renamed the page.php file in my theme directory to custom_page.php and added the appropriate php comments at the top of the file (I called it ‘Custom Template’). Now I can see ‘Custom Template’ in the drop-down menu when I Add New Page–but I also see ‘Default Template’. Where did this ‘Default Template’ come from?

    It looks like this ‘Default Template’ simply uses index.php, which inserts the_content of the Page as well as the comments_template, sidebar and footer. I assume I can use is_page_template() to customize (or omit) each of these components as needed.

    Since I want all my Pages customized the same way, couldn’t I just use is_page_template('Default Template') in each component file of my theme to effect my Page customizations? Why bother with a custom Page template?

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