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using category pages, use different template

  • I think I understand that if I want a certain category to display a different theme, I should copy the template next in the heirarchy (category.php) and rename it “category-XX” (where XX is the ID# of the category). Then upload that to the server and somehow wordpress just knows how to use it.

    I am using Brandford Magazine (AWESOME, BTW)… and it comes with additional templates. I’m also using Category Pages to make more “blog like” pages, by category. If I want one of those templates as the template for category-xx, would I…

    1. copy the different template file (ex: featuredpage.php), and rename THAT category-xx…

    OR

    2. Do I need to copy the category.php file, rename that, and somehow include the featuredpage.php in that?

    I guess I’m confused as to how the featuredpage.php ends up as the template for category-xx. I really have read the codex and the questions about this on the site, but I am just shy of getting it, I think.

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  • You are mixing two very different features: Page Templates and Category Templates. They have nothing to do with each other.

    Don’t use Pages to display posts (in categories or otherwise)!

    Moshu:

    Thanks for replying. When you say “Don’t use pages to display posts,” would you elaborate a little? Upon further reflection, I’m not actually doing that (I don’t think). I’m not using the Category Pages plugin (I was at one time, but didn’t end up using it), so I think I’m using the posts as normal posts.

    So where do I go from here? I’m trying hard to understand, but it’s not working. I’ve read the page templates and category templates codex pages, and tried to create a category-16.php from the featuredpage.php which came with the theme. I’m sure that the reason it didn’t work is somehow related to what you’re saying.

    Can you help more?

    Moshu – forget about elaborating. I read some of your other posts and I understand not using the page templates for the category.

    Having said that… how do I use a page template for a category?! The featured-page.php template with my theme is how I want to display a certain categories posts as? I have saved my archive.php as category-16.php. Where can I go from here?

    Here is an example of the featured page:
    http://www.wp-themes.der-prinz.com/magazine/a-featured-page/

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