Point a custom php page template to use/inherit OneColumn-No SideBar format???

  • Anonymous


    I have setup a child theme for graphene. In the child theme, I have created a links.php file that basically lists all of the defined links by link category. So in WP Dashboard, I create a page called Links, then I set the page attributes TEMPLATE = link.php

    I have 2 questions:

    1) How can I have the links.php file “inherit” the template format provided in “OneColumn-No side bar” template?

    I have tried adding a loop-single.php file (basically just copied from the parent) and then added a line in the links.php “<?php get_template_part(‘loop’,’single’);?>” What it does is remove all the content from my other pages that use “OneColumn-No sidebar” template. Here is all of the code:


    Template Name: Links Page

    <?php get_header(); ?>

    <div id="posts" class="page">

    <?php while(have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>

    <div class="post" id="post-<?php the_ID();?>">

    <h2><a>" title="<?php the_title(); ?>"><?php the_title();?></a></h2>

    <div class="entry">

    <?php wp_list_bookmarks('category_before=&category_after=&title_before=<h3>&title_after=</h3>&show_images=0;&show_images=1;&show_description=1'); ?>



    <?php endwhile; ?>

    <?php get_template_part('loop','single');?>


    <?php get_footer(); ?>




    #2) In this same code, I would like to have a blank line inserted between the link categories and postings. Is that possible?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance! I am new to WordPress! –Mic


    Kenneth John Odle


    I am new to WordPress!

    And yet still completely fearless.

    My question is, what is this page of links actually linking to? Do you mean that you simply want a page that lists all your posts by category? If so, there is a much easier way to do that. If not, let me know what these links link to.


    Kenneth John Odle


    You might also want to include a link to your site, if that will help.

    If you are trying to create a list of posts by category, then use Kalin’s List Post plugin. You can create a separate shortcode for each category, and then just add that to a regular page.

    The tutorial is here:


    An example that I actually use on my blog is here:




    Hi – Thanks for the fast reply! Actually my site is still in a temporary url bcz I already have a live website on yahoo, but I will be transferring that domain to this website when it is ready to publish. I am actually not trying to categorize posts right now, tho that is next on my list! So thanks for the info on the Plugin!

    I am actually trying to create a fairly static page of external links that I recommend to my clients. My business is dog training, so I have a list of links that I want to share of other dog related businesses and competition sites, etc. I have a jpg screen shot (compressed) that I could send you. I don’t know how to insert it in this reply tho. A rough draft would be something like this:


    LINKS (page title)

    Friends (section title based on link category name)

    *Friend IMG 1 – description of friend business (from link description field)

    *Friend IMG 2 – description of friend business


    Agility (section title based on link category name)

    *Site url 1 – Description of site (from link description field)

    *Site url 2 – Description of site



    Does this help? If not, let me know where I can send you a screen shot or how to add to reply post

    These are all external links, not posts. I want to apply/associate the 1 col-no sidebar template with the links.php that I have created. Unless there is a better way to do it. I am all ears! Just started working with WordPress 4 days ago… So I am definitely a newbie!

    THANK YOU! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jon Lynch


    I think you are very close to achieving what you want to do.

    0) make sure you have not made any changes to loop.php and rename your loop-single.php to loop-links.php

    1) copy template-onecolumn.php from graphene to you child theme.

    2) rename this to template-links.php or similar & change the title in the header

    3) change get_template_part(... to get_template_part('loop','links');

    4) select this template in a page and you should be good to go!

    I have done similar at http://www.wmrt.org.uk/advice/accident-black-spots/scafell-broad-stand/ and http://www.wmrt.org.uk/gallery/

    Hope this helps




    Jon – Thank you for your steps above, but I must still be missing something… It still displays the sidebar. I verified that the page attribute is set to new “Links OneColumn” template which is what I renamed.

    0) “Make sure no changes to loop.php” I verified, this, but I didn’t have loop.php in my child theme directory. Copied to my child them (no name change), still did not work. Then tried to rename it loop-link.php and did not work.

    “Rename loop-single.php to loop-links.php” – Did this. But my loop-single was originally a copy of “page.php” I tried changing get_template (‘loop’,…) to ‘link’ and to ‘single’ to see if that made any difference. It did not.

    1-2) Copied template-onecolumn.php to template-links.php and updated template name = “Links One Column”

    3) changed get_template _part to (‘loop’, ‘links’); in “template-links.php”

    4) created new page called Link Friends, selected page attribute = “Links one column)… When I refreshed page, the side bar is still there.

    Then I thought maybe I read step 4 incorrectly and perhaps I should change get_template_part(‘loop’, ‘links’ in loop-links.php and links.php. That didn’t work either, so then I basically went through all of the combinations between the 3 files (loop-links.php, template-links.php, and links.php trying to find the combinations of of the get-template_parts(‘loop’,’page, links, single’ trying to find the correct combination. None of them worked…

    Am I missing a statement in the child style.css file? Or do I need a child function.php file update? Not sure… But on the “Links” edit page, if I select page attributes = “One column, no sidebar” — The page format is correct, but the external link data does not display… When I change to “Link One Column” depending on the get_template_parts combination, the links will display, but the page format is never the same as “one column, no sidebar”

    Any suggestions? Thanks in advance! — Mic


    Kenneth John Odle


    Still, it seems easier just to use a heading (whatever level you would like) and enter the links yourself. Not difficult, especially if you aren’t going to change them.



    Ken – I decided to go ahead and move forward with your suggestion to just insert all of the data in the Edit Page Visual section of a new Links2 page. I thought it would be easy right?!!!! All the images, links and “paragraph” content is showing up. Anything I enter and format with a “heading” format will not publish. Its on the Visual tab, it seems to be on the html tab. I can preview it and it looks like it is there. But when I publish the page and view… Nothing… Nada… All text assigned heading format is blank

    Any ideas? Saw something on google that it might be a stackoverflow??? My eyes are crossing on that… Have no idea what that means! ๐Ÿ™‚ — Mic



    Disregard. Figured it out… I would still like to get the other way working, but this lets me move on to the next thing! Thank you!

    Jon Lynch


    Hi again, sorry the first method didn’t work for you. Whilst thinking about what was going on with the CSS I came up with a much simpler way of doing this: filtering the_content when on your links page:

    // add the filter
    add_filter ('the_content', 'jl_add_links');

    function jl_add_links ($content) {
    if (!(is_page('list-links'))) return $content;
    $content .= wp_list_bookmarks('category_before=&category_after=&title_before=<h3>&title_after=</h3>&show_images=0;&show_images=1;&show_description=1&echo=0');
    return $content;

    This can go in your functions.php then all you have to do is create a page with the slug list-links and set the template to one-column, no other changes required.

    Note: this time I tested this before writing!

    In answer to your second original question a line break could be added by putting <br /> after the </h3> in the title_after attribute.

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