Using Page Templates

Please note: this guide is only applicable to users of Gillian. Heidi does not currently support any page templates beyond the default layout.

WordPress page templates are a convenient way to adjust the look and feel of your site. Gillian comes with the following templates for altering the layout:

  • Default (Content + Right sidebar)
  • Full Width Page
  • Three Columns (Left sidebar, Content, Right sidebar)

A template can either be applied to a specific page or to a group of pages.

Note that a page template cannot be applied to posts. Page templates are true to their name: they are applied only to pages.

If you are confused about the difference between posts and pages, you might want to read: Understanding WordPress Posts and Pages.

How do I change the template of a specific page?

In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Pages --> All Pages and find the page you would like to alter. Hover over the title of your page and click Edit.

In the box called Page Attributes, you should see a drop-down menu titled Template. This will most likely be set to Default Template. Click on the drop-down menu and choose from the options.

Once you have chosen your new template, click on the Update button for the page.

Your page should now use the new template of your choosing.

How do I change the template of a group of pages?

In your WordPress dashboard, navigate to Pages --> All Pages. Select the checkbox next to all of the pages you are interested in changing (or select the checkbox at the very top next to Title if you wish to change the template of all pages at once).

Once you have selected the pages you want to edit, click on the Bulk Actions drop-down menu towards the top of the page. Hit Apply. You should now be able to select a template from the drop-down menu. Click on Update and all your selected pages should be switched over to this template.

Can I change the template of my posts page?

As previously mentioned, you unfortunately cannot assign a page template to your posts, even if your posts are assigned to their own page. This is due to the WordPress template hierarchy that determines which template files are used to display different types of pages.

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