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WP Use parent template



  • use parent template for child category.
  • use parent template for child page.

If you have works category with some child categories as followings, you may want to use ‘category-works.php’ for all three child categories. You need to copy as ‘category-design.php’ and the rest in default template hierarchy. WP Use parent template patches the template hierarchy to use parent template for these child categories. And also pages too.


Category template hierarchy

  1. category-{slug}.php
  2. category-{id}.php
  3. category-{parent slug}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  4. category-{parent id}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  5. category.php
  6. archive.php
  7. index.php

Page template hierarchy

  1. custom template file
  2. page-{slug}.php
  3. page-{id}.php
  4. page-{parent slug}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  5. page-{parent id}.php //Add by WP Use parent template
  6. page.php
  7. index.php

See following for WordPress default template hierarchy.


  • Able to use only one generation age template. ‘category-child.php’ is able to use as parent template for grandchild in the example of ‘’.
  • You may need to change parent template to handle child data.


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Contributors & Developers

“WP Use parent template” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Fix readme.txt


  • Fix readme.txt


  • Released.


  • My local use.