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WordPress WordPress Hooks - Actions and Filters Action Functions in WordPress The do_action Function

Fernando Cortes
Fernando Cortes
2,435 Points

Displaying custom footer in custom post pages

I'm still finding this quite hard to apply in real life.

In my child theme, I would like to have a different footer display in a custom post type. How should I go about it? I've tried several things, but I keep getting errors or no changes.

Some of the questions I have are:

  • do I need to create a footer-customname.php template? I've done that, but I don't know if I should, since I can't find how to pull this template at the right place for it to display.

  • what code should I use and where in my different files? If I'm understanding it correctly, WPress comes with a hook for this, in the wp-includes/generate-template.php file?

function get_footer( $name = null ) {
     * Fires before the footer template file is loaded.
     * The hook allows a specific footer template file to be used in place of the
     * default footer template file. If your file is called footer-new.php,
     * you would specify the filename in the hook as get_footer( 'new' ).
     * @since 2.1.0
     * @since 2.8.0 $name parameter added.
     * @param string $name Name of the specific footer file to use.
    do_action( 'get_footer', $name );

    $templates = array();
    $name = (string) $name;
    if ( '' !== $name )
        $templates[] = "footer-{$name}.php";

    $templates[] = 'footer.php';

    // Backward compat code will be removed in a future release
    if ('' == locate_template($templates, true))
        load_template( ABSPATH . WPINC . '/theme-compat/footer.php');

Or is this not at all what I should be using? I've copied the above code into my child theme's functions.php, replacing $name with the 'customname' slug of my footer-customname.php template, then called it (I've tried different ways and places) with get_footer ( 'customname' ); but it's not working.

Clearly, I'm missing something. Could anybody please help me understand?

Fernando Cortes
Fernando Cortes
2,435 Points

Ok, just a clarification and an update to my question.

The footer-customname.php template I created was actually being pulled up. I was just not seeing it because I was looking in the wrong place. The content I was trying to customize was not in the page footer, but in one of the post's divs; it had a " .something-footer" class and that got me confused.

Since the template was being pulled without changing anything else in my child theme, I conclude that's just how WordPress works. If you have a single-customname.php and a footer-customname.php, the latter is automatically pulled when get_footer() is called from the former.

I still don't know if creating a custom footer template for a child-theme is good practice, and wonder if the WordPress hook I posted in my original question has any relevance to this, since I didn't even have to use


in the single-customname file for the footer-customname.php template to be pulled.