What Is the Difference Between a WordPress Theme and a Template?

The difference between WordPress themes and templates is how many pages you can apply them to. A theme controls the appearance of an entire site, while a template defines a single-page layout.

Two required WordPress theme files are:

  • Index.php – the main WordPress template file.
  • Style.css – the primary style file.

A theme’s folder may also include additional files, such as:

  • PHP files, including the template files for building classic themes.
  • Blocks and HTML files for developing block themes.
  • CSS stylesheet.
  • Graphics.
  • JavaScript.

Some WordPress themes offer multiple template files for further customization within the general theme. For example, a theme can contain two landing page templates – a full-width and narrow-width version – or have a different look for blog and portfolio pages.

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