How to change the page template in WordPress
Page templates can be applied only to pages, in order to change their aspect. It can be applied to a single page, a page section, or to a group of pages.
Your Theme files should include a default page template (named: page.php). It may also have one or more custom page templates, for instance, to display content in wider columns.
If you need more information about Page Templates, check the following link.
Changing a Page Template
There are 2 scenarios we have to take into consideration:
- first - you want to change the template of an existing page
- second - you want to change the template of a new page
First scenario - existing page
Go to Dashboard > Pages > All Pages.
Go to one of the existing pages that you want to modify and select Quick Edit.
Go to the Templates options (1), choose one of the available templates and click on Update(2).
Once it's done, click on the Apply button (3).
Second scenario - new page
Go to Dashboard > Pages > Add New.
After adding a New Page, it will automatically open the editor.
Go to Page Attributes and expand (1). Then choose one of the options available for the page template (2).
In the following example, we are using the Hestia theme, which has 5 templates available.
Please note that this is specific to Hestia and the number of templates may differ on each theme.
- default template - generates a centered content.
- fullwidth template - generates extended left-right content.
- page with sidebar - you have to select also the direction of the sidebar (2)
- 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.