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  • leejk_sun


    This normally isn’t a problem since I can use is_home() to make index.php display the correct content, but I try my best to adhere to standards, so I created a home.php template to follow the Template Hierarchy.

    The site is using WordPress as its CMS, not just a blogging tool, so the instance is installed to the root of the host; the URL will send you directly to the WordPress instance.

    What happens in my case is that index.php is being called before home.php; is home.php only called first if the WordPress instance is installed to a sub-directory (

    I do not have a static page set for the site.

    This isn’t going to stop development, but I would like to adhere to the Template Hierarchy to future-proof the site against changes to the template structure.

    Any advice would be helpful, so thank you in advance.

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Sounds like you are on the right track.

    In your WordPress root, index.php will always get loaded first. It’s a web server configuration and that’s the normal behavior.

    The home.php is for your theme directory. When you create the home.php file there, it takes care of the is_home() for you.

    See this list for more information.

    See the rest of that article for additional theme info.



    Thanks for the reply!

    I understand that the server will look for index.php first, but as I understand how WordPress works, the server will find index.php in the root of the instance (which defines() the theme and calls wp-blog-header.php), then draws out all the theme templates from the theme folder.

    Inside that theme folder I have an index.php file (as required) and a home.php file. If I am understanding the template hierarchy correctly, when the index.php file in the root of the instance calls the templates in the theme folder, it should load up what I have in home.php instead of index.php.



    This question really stems from this paragraph (from

    “If a visitor goes to your home page at, WordPress first determines whether it has a static front page. If a static front page has been set, then WordPress loads that page according to the page template hierarchy. If a static front page has not been set, then WordPress looks for a template file called home.php and uses it to generate the requested page. If home.php is missing, WordPress looks for a file called index.php in the active theme’s directory, and uses that template to generate the page.”

    When they cite this url: “” it makes me inclined to believe that the Template Hierarchy in this case (but hopefully not others) will only work in sub-directory installations of WordPress.

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