[theme-reviewers] get_template_part()

Justin Tadlock justin at justintadlock.com
Fri Jun 8 15:45:28 UTC 2012

Technically, get_template_part() was not meant to be used to get files 
in sub-directories.  This was an oversight when the function was 
originally written.  Fixing it in core would bring up backward 
compatibility concerns because theme authors decided to start using it 

A more appropriate function for getting templates files in 
sub-directories would be locate_template().

On 6/8/2012 7:57 AM, Chip Bennett wrote:
> Note:
> get_template_part() should be used for *template* - i.e. *front-end* - 
> files. It is perfectly acceptable (and correct) to use 
> include()/require() for *functional* files to be included within 
> functions.php. There may still be cases where get_template_part() is 
> insufficient, in which case locate_template() should be used directly.
> Thanks,
> Chip
> On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 6:52 AM, Central Victorian Irish Association 
> <info at cvia.com.au <mailto:info at cvia.com.au>> wrote:
>     Hello My Darlings. Smile with tongue out
>     I have a guy questioning the get_template_part() call on internal
>     files. He claims basically that it is not required because it
>     doesn't support directories. So, he wants to be an exception. I am
>     saying No-Can-Be-Doneskies but wanna get some experienced feedback
>     before I tell him to behave.
>     http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/7896
>     Thanks,
>     Dan
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