How Do I Apply A WordPress Page Template In WordPress

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A template controls the over all layout of your pages

Updated: September 5, 2023
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff

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WordPress Templates

Applying a WordPress Page Template

Some WordPress themes include page templates that change the way your web-pages are formatted on the front end of the website. By using templates, your theme can give you some flexibility for how your pages look and where certain web page elements are located.

A few features of what page templates can do

  • • Can be used to change the look and feel of a page.
  • • Can be applied to a single page, a page section, or a class of pages.
  • • Generally they have a high level of specificity, targeting an individual page or group of pages. For example, a page template named page-about.php is more specific than the template files page.php or index.php as it will only affect a page with the slug of “about.”
  • • If a page template has a template name, any one editing the page will have control over which template will be used to render the page.

WordPress Page Template

To add a WordPress page template to a page. Select "edit" or "add" a new page from the Pages menu located in the WordPress Dashboard.

page template

Find the Page Attributes section. In this section, you will see a drop-down list for available page templates.

Depending on the WordPress theme, you will see the specific page template options in the drop-down menu.

Previewing your WordPress Page Template

To test out how each of these templates would change the look of the page, select a page template. Now, you can preview the changes to this page and decide whether to apply this page template to the page.

Publishing the Page

Once you have selected the page template to apply, make sure it has been "Selected" and click "Publish".

WordPress Template Plugins

WP Page Templates

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Landing Page Templates

Landing Page Builder lets you create Custom Pages using pre designed Free Landing Page templates with Ultimate Landing Page Builder. By Web-Settler

Custom Login Page Templates

WordPress Custom Login Page Template Plugin customizes the default WordPress login page with different templates, logo and background uploads as well. By Cozmoslabs, Madalin Ungureanu, Antohe Cristian,

Page Template Usage Info

Shows you which pages are using which templates, and whether or they are built with Gutenberg or not. By Shawn Hooper

Filter Page by Template

See list of pages or any type of posts by filtering based on used template, Page template filter dropdown for post/page listing, New column in page. By oneTarek

Custom Field Template

The Custom Field Template plugin extends the functionality of custom fields. By Hiroaki Miyashita

Further reading on Page Templates

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