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Opened 12 years ago

Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#21268 closed defect (bug) (duplicate)

_wp_page_template is getting 'stuck' to a page

Reported by: shawmutsteve's profile shawmutsteve Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: minor Version: 3.4.1
Component: Posts, Post Types Keywords:
Focuses: administration Cc:


Unmodified WP 3.4.1 / Ummodified TwentyEleven theme

Create a page (id=2). Manually add a postmeta entry for

meta_key = _wp_page_template, 
meta_value = pagefull.php

The page now opens with margin: 0 7.6%; (correct!)

Now try to change it back to default, either by removing the _wp_page_template postmeta record or by editing the page -> Page Attribute / Template. The page will not revert back to Default. It continually displays as Full Width, and a postmeta item telling post_id 2 to use _wp_page_template = pagefull.php is added.

This behavior does not happen in 3.3.2.

Change History (7)

#1 @cbaldelomar
11 years ago

This could be solved by changing the following line of code on line 659 in file 'wp-admin/includes/meta-boxes.php'

	if ( 'page' == $post->post_type && 0 != count( get_page_templates() ) ) {


	if ( 'page' == $post->post_type ) {

This would always cause a dropdown to be displayed in the Page Attributes Meta Box even if "Default Template" is the only page template option.

This could be a very frustrating experience for a new Wordpress user, who, after switching themes, will no longer be able to update their post_meta fields because their page template is "stuck" on some other themes page template.

Consider this bit of code in 'wp-includes/post.php'. The code will fail when checking for a valid page template, and never run the function, update_post_meta(); So plugins like Yoast SEO or any other using custom meta fields will not be able to save new inputs.

 	if ( !empty($page_template) && 'page' == $data['post_type'] ) {
		$post->page_template = $page_template;
		$page_templates = wp_get_theme()->get_page_templates();
		if ( 'default' != $page_template && ! isset( $page_templates[ $page_template ] ) ) {
			if ( $wp_error )
				return new WP_Error('invalid_page_template', __('The page template is invalid.'));
				return 0;
		update_post_meta($post_ID, '_wp_page_template',  $page_template);

I hope this is helpful for someone and that this problem can get solved.

#2 in reply to: ↑ description @cbaldelomar
11 years ago

Last edited 11 years ago by cbaldelomar (previous) (diff)

#3 @cbaldelomar
11 years ago

  • Component changed from General to Administration
  • Keywords needs-patch added
  • Severity changed from normal to major

#4 @wpdavis
11 years ago

  • Keywords close added; needs-patch removed
  • Severity changed from major to minor

Thanks for the report. I can't reproduce this in later versions of WordPress — can you please upgrade to 3.7 and let update this ticket if you're still having that problem?

#5 @jeremyfelt
10 years ago

  • Component changed from Administration to Posts, Post Types
  • Focuses admin added

#6 @wonderboymusic
9 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

No longer stuck after [31020] - if you save the post after switching themes, it will revert to 'default' page template

#7 @ocean90
9 years ago

  • Keywords close removed
  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution changed from fixed to duplicate

Duplicate of #25334.

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