How To Create A Custom WordPress Page Template

There may be times when you want to create a blog page or that looks different than a normal page. Or Perhaps you want to use WordPress to run your entire website but want the main page of your domain to look completely different than a typical blog. This is an easy way to customize WordPress that can be very easily accomplished by creating a custom WordPress page Template.

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  • Thank you! This really helped — it let me put up a dummy front page while I work on the back end! Very cool.

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  • These steps do not work with the current version of WordPress (3.0.1). When you try to apply the custom theme (test.php) to the new page that you write you can’t do it because it doesn’t appear as an option in the drop down box for “Page Attributes Template”, you only see Default Template.

  • Thanks! this is great!! but… how does one use it like a CMS? say i want to change the text on the front static page.. how do i do it NOT in raw HTML? am i missing something? thanks again! great tut!

  • This just makes me really mad that you didn’t explain a thing about how to get the HTML code from the Publisher or Front Page document. That is just so assumptive, and I hope you write back to me. I spent this entire night trying to figure it out from Publisher Help.

  • Great video. Any way to create a custom template but be able to use the installed plugins? I’ve got this bit working fine but plugins wont work?

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