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What The File

What The File is the best tool to find out what template parts are used to display the page you're currently viewing!


325 reviews
Average Rating
4.9 out of 5 stars
Great development tool
By , for WP 3.9.1

So simple, but so incredibly helpful during theme development.

Amazing Theme for the Beginner
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Great theme for the beginner, lots of easy to understand options!

simple & sweet
By , for WP 3.9.1

A nice way to see the main templates being used

did the trick
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It helps
By , for WP 3.9.1

we have several different templates on our site and this helps to see quickly which main template file and sub-template files are being used. thats really it.

Useful, as far as it goes.
By , for WP 3.9.1

The plugin will give me the main file that controls a page - but I wish it would give me the files that contribute page parts, too - for example, an Add To Cart button from WooCommerce.

There must be 20 files that could plausibly contribute to that button, but all What The File will tell me is that most of the page is coming from mytheme/template.php - well, I knew that.

Now, if only it could tell me what WooCommerce file breaks my responsive header on product pages - right now, I'm just not showing product pages, and adding cta buttons on product listings that occur elsewhere.

By , for WP 3.9.1

This is a great plugin - saves me so much time and headache! I was previously using the Debug bar plugin - but it requires editing of config files and access to a client's FTP - too much hassle. This works straight out of the box.
Thank you!

Great Work!!
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practically useful user-friendly


VERY helpful
By , for WP 3.9.1

I started to use this plugin (Whats the File) just recently. I'm a novice to wordpress with [ link redacted, please do not post links in reviews ]> being the first wordpress site that I went live online with. Being a such a novice, when I went looking for a theme I picked and fell in love with one but didn't realize at the time there was no support for the theme (Foodiet) and the author's web link is being used for something entirely different.

I needed something to help me work on the theme and ran across this plugin (Whats the file). It really has helped me identify the file I either need to fix or alter for my expanding needs/ideas. Until I can find something else I'm stuck with this theme. Thank you Barry Kooij for a very useful plugin.

does the job, but wtf is this other b.s.?
By , for WP 4.3

27 august 2015 -
I just downgraded to 2 stars :( the latest version shows a distracting icon in the "what the file" menu, and a "powered by" item in the dropdown. Sorry guys. This plugin is to help me concentrate on my work. If it distracts me with that junk, it is not doing its job.

I got in the code and removed the junk, but this on top of the nag message just gives a bad taste in the mouth. If your plugin is good, you don't need put junk in people's way, they will be eager to find you!

The rest of the review is still true:

as always, i love plugins that do one things and do it well. This is sweet, so handy, i don't have to go through contortions to see what my theme code is really doing.

i will echo others: nag messages give a negative taste whenever one sees them, which counteracts the positive benefit of getting the reviews you want :)

And the plugin would be perfect if it showed *every* file included, not just the "get_template_part()"

thank you! (but please up your self-confidence and remove the garbage! :D )

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