How to change the page template in WordPress

Selecting a Page Template

Screenshot of Page Attributes module with Template select options pulled down

Your  Theme files should include a default page template (named: page.php). Your Theme may also have one or more custom page templates, for instance, to display content in wider columns. Or you may have created a custom template of your own.

Edit Page Screen: You can assign a custom template for any individual Page by using the Template dropdown in the Edit Page screen (part of the Page Attributes module):

  1. Select a Template from the list (e.g., My Custom Page).
  2. Click the Update button (or Save Draft if not yet published).

All Pages Screen: The Quick-Edit and Bulk Edit options on the All Pages screen also have Template dropdowns.

Template List Will Show Only If:

  • There is at least one custom page template file in your active Theme's folder. If you change your Theme, the page templates in your previously activated Theme will not display.
  • You are viewing a screen for editing a Page: page templates are not a default option for posts or custom post types.