After our infographic on how WordPress works behind the scenes, several users asked us to cover how a WordPress theme works behind the scenes.
In this article, we will explain the WordPress template hierarchy for beginners. This cheat sheet is extremely useful when customizing a template or creating a custom WordPress theme.
Why Learn About WordPress Template Hierarchy?
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WordPress has a standard template hierarchy. This means that templates with certain filenames affect specific areas on your website. It also tells you what template name to use for a specific item.
Most modern WordPress themes come with templates to display category, date, archives, single posts, custom pages, and more. As a user, you can create more templates by creating a child theme.
Having said that, let’s take a look at how this WordPress template hierarchy works behind the scenes. » Read More