The Template File Hierarchy

WordPress uses the Query String — information contained within each link on your web site — to decide which template or set of templates will be used to display the page.
First, WordPress matches every Query String to query types — i.e. it decides what type of page (a search page, a category page, the home page etc.) is being requested.
Templates are then chosen — and web page content is generated — in the order suggested by the WordPress Template hierarchy, depending upon what templates are available in a particular WordPress Theme.

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