[wp-hackers] Help with including custom templates using variables

Nikola Nikolov nikolov.tmw at gmail.com
Mon Aug 12 18:19:54 UTC 2013

>>I do have an issue with both sidebars loading though.  I want it to look
>>see if the custom sidebar exists and if not use the default.  heres the
>>I came up with...

You can simply use the second argument of get_template_part() like so:

<?php get_template_part('/templates/left-sidebar', $end); ?>

This will first look for the file "/templates/left-sidebar-{$end}.php" and
if it doesn't exist, it will look for the file
"/templates/left-sidebar.php". If that doesn't exist either nothing

You can read about the function in the codex -


On Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 8:40 PM, Helen Hou-Sandi <h at hyhs.me> wrote:

> http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/locate_template
> Also take a look at get_queried_object_id() rather than global $post;
> $post->ID and the args for wp_get_post_tags() - you can have it return just
> names and then you should be able to array_pop() it.
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