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    Hey I want to use a certain template when you first land on the site and when you click home then after that use a different one.

    So the previous post and next post links on the bottom of the home page use the same home.php template it looks like. I would like to use a different template when you click those links.

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  • Ok.

    You could use your actual home.php, or index.php as a switch with conditional tags to call different template files.

    You need three files :

    1 – home.php : you will use this file as a switch.

    2 – home_normal.php : the “real” home template file

    3 – home_paged.php : the template file to use when you browse next and previous links…


    1 – Copy the content from your actual home.php in a file named home_normal.php.

    2 – In hour home.php, you use a conditional tag to include a specific template file when the home page is “paged” :

    if (is_paged()){include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/home_paged.php');
    else { include (TEMPLATEPATH . '/home_normal.php');

    This code tells to wordpress : if we are browsing previous and next posts page, open home_paged.php… Else, open home_normal.php…

    3 – Make a file home_paged.php and use it to build the template you would like when you browse previous links…

    Of course, you could use conditionnal tags in only one “home.php”, but I find this technique cleaner and it’s more simple to make some modification : I f you want to change your normal home layout, you edit home_normal.php… If you want to edit the “paged” layout, you edit home_paged.php…


    That worked, easier than I thought it would be, thanks!

    I used this method as well. Worked like a charm. Thanks so much.

    Great SimonJ … I’ve made the modification you told us.

    But i can’t figure how to choose the one of the two files (home_paged.php or home-normal.php) which will be the first seen when checking my domain name …

    It would so cool to read any explanations about this point …
    Thank you so much for any further details !

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