Template Debugger

Template Debugger | Danny Hearnah – ChubbyNinjaa


Do you get frustrated trying to work out what the template file you’re editing is? Ever had to echo/print some text to see if WordPress is picking up the file you expect it to?

If yes, then give this plugin a try, it simply adds a handy dropdown at the top of the admin bar giving you the ability to quickly see what theme template file(s) is being used, as well as what other files are being included, from themes and plugins.

Never get frustrated with creating child themes again, using Template Debugger you can generate a new child theme based on one of the installed parent themes, and Template Debugger does all the leg work! Just fill out the input fields and Template Debugger will create the theme directory, add in the style.css and functions.php

Plugin features:

  • Quickly find out what template file(s) are being used

  • See where they’re included

  • See what plugin template files are in use

  • Create new page templates from post editing screen

  • Create child themes from a parent theme

  • … Got an idea for a feature?? Cool! Drop me a message in the support forum


The simplest way to install

  1. In your WordPress Admin click on ‘Plugins’ then ‘Add New’
  2. Type ‘Template Debugger’ in the search field.
  3. Navigate to the front end of your website, you’ll see a new part to the admin bar showing you the current template and included files.


  1. Upload the plugin to the ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress

If you want to show the plugins, and/or exclude certain plugins from showing in this dropdown, go to your WP Dashboard, Settings > Template Debugger

Plugin author

Danny Hearnah – ChubbyNinjaa

Plugin official website address

If you encounter problems in using the Template Debugger plugin, you can comment below, and I will try my best to help you solve the problem

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