While troubleshooting with WordPress, sometimes it can be confusing for the developers to determine the exact template files being used to render a particular page in WordPress. In this post, we’ll show you a code snippet that comes in handy for developers at CollectiveRay.com while troubleshooting multipart templates.

Simply add the below code to the functions.php file of your theme


function template_snoop(){

 $args = func_get_args();

 if( !is_admin() and $args[0] ){

    if( $args[0] == 'template_include' ) {

        echo "<!-- Base Template: {$args[1]} -->\n";

    } elseif( strpos($args[0],'get_template_part_') === 0 ) {

        global $last_template_snoop;

        if( $last_template_snoop )

            echo "\n\n<!-- End Template Part: {$last_template_snoop} -->";

        $tpl = rtrim(join('-',  array_slice($args,1)),'-').'.php';

        echo "\n<!-- Template Part: {$tpl} -->\n\n";

        $last_template_snoop = $tpl;




Determining the template file

The above code will show you which template file is being used to render a page by adding an inline comment to the source code of the page you’re viewing on a browser.

To view which template file is being called, simply visit a page and view the source code. That is, you can view the source code by using the shortcut Ctrl+U (Windows, Linux) or Command + U (Mac).

template source code

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