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Themes have a template tag for the body tag which will help theme authors to style more effectively with CSS. The Template Tag is called body_class. This function gives the body element different classes and can be added, typically, in the header.php's HTML body tag.


<body <?php body_class$class ); ?>


How to pass parameters to tags with PHP function-style parameters

(string or array) (optional) One or more classes to add to the class attribute, separated by a single space.
Default: null

Default Values

The body_class CSS classes appear based upon the pageview Conditional Tags as follows.

Front Page

Site front page: home

  • If the site front page displays the blog posts index: home blog.
  • If the site front page displays a static page: home page.

Blog Posts Index

Blog posts index: blog

  • If the blog posts index is displayed on the site front page: home blog
  • If the blog posts index is displayed on a static page: page blog

Single Post

Single post pages: single postid-{ID}

  • Single blog post page: single-post
  • Single custom post type page: single-{posttype}
  • Post Formats (if supported):
    • Post format assigned: single-format-{format}
    • No post format assigned: single-format-standard
  • Single attachment pages: attachment single-attachment attachmentid-{ID} attachment-mime-type


Archive index pages: archive

  • Date archive index pages: date
  • Custom Post Type archive index pages: post-type-archive post-type-archive-{posttype}
  • Author archive index pages: archive author author-user_nicename
  • Category archive index pages: archive category category-slug
  • Tag archive index pages: archive tag tag-slug
  • Taxonomy archive index pages: tax-{taxonomy} term-{term} term-{ID}
    • Post Format archive index pages: tax-post_format term-post-format-{format} term-{ID}


Static page: page page-id-{ID}

  • Page Hierarchy
    • Parent page: page-parent
    • Child page: page-child parent-pageid-{ID}
  • Page Templates
    • Page template: page-template page-template-{directory}{filename}-php if custom page template is assigned, or page-template-default if no custom page template is assigned.


Search results page: search

  • Results: search-results
  • No results: search-no-results

Paged/Multiple Pages

Multi-page index pages and paginated posts: paged. Multi-page index pages and paginated posts with more than 2 pages paged paged-n.

  • Single Blog Post: single-paged-n
  • Static Page: page-paged-n
  • Category archive index: category-paged-n
  • Tag archive index: tag-paged-n
  • Date archive index: date-paged-n
  • Author archive index: author-paged-n
  • Search results index: search-paged-n
  • Custom Post Type archive index: post-type-paged-n

404 Page Error

Error 404 page: error404


If the current user is logged in: logged-in

Text Direction

If text direction is set to "right-to-left": rtl

Custom Background

If using Custom Background to display the site background image or color the class selectors: custom-background

Admin Toolbar

If the admin toolbar is displayed: admin-bar no-customize-support



The following example shows how to implement the body_class template tag into a theme.

<body <?php body_class(); ?>>

The actual HTML output might resemble something like this (the About the Tests page from the Theme Unit Test):

<body class="page page-id-2 page-parent page-template-default logged-in">

In the WordPress Theme stylesheet, add the appropriate styles, such as:

.page {
	/* styles for all posts within the page class */
.page-id-2 {
	/* styles for only page ID number 2 */
.logged-in {
	/* styles for all pageviews when the user is logged in */

Adding More Classes

By default, the only classes will be those described above.

To add more classes, the template tag's parameter can be added. For example, to add a unique class to the same template used above:

<body <?php body_class( 'class-name' ); ?>>

The results would be:

<body class="page page-id-2 page-parent page-template-default logged-in class-name">

Removing Classes By Filters

Remove an existing body class by unsetting the key from the body_class array.

// Removes a class from the body_class array
add_filter( 'body_class', 'remove_class' );
function remove_class( $classes ) {
    // search the array for the class to remove
    $unset_key = array_search('class-to-remove', $classes);
    if ( false !== $unset_key ) {
        // unsets the class if the key exists
        unset( $classes[$unset_key] );

    // return the $classes array
    return $classes;

Add Classes By Filters

You can add additional body classes by filtering the body_class function.

To add the following to the WordPress Theme functions.php file, changing my_class_names and class-name to meet your needs:

// Add specific CSS class by filter
add_filter( 'body_class', 'my_class_names' );
function my_class_names( $classes ) {
	// add 'class-name' to the $classes array
	$classes[] = 'class-name';
	// return the $classes array
	return $classes;

To add a category class to single post pageviews and template files, add the following to the functions.php.

// add category nicenames in body and post class
function category_id_class( $classes ) {
	global $post;
	foreach ( get_the_category( $post->ID ) as $category ) {
		$classes[] = $category->category_nicename;
	return $classes;
add_filter( 'post_class', 'category_id_class' );
add_filter( 'body_class', 'category_id_class' );

Add Sidebar Classes

You can add additional body classes by filtering the body_class function, but what if you want to add a class only when the sidebar.php file is being shown? Here's a working example you can post in your themes functions.php file to add a sidebar class to the output of body_class. From: Add CSS Class to body when Sidebar is Present

add_action( 'wp_head', create_function( '', 'ob_start();' ) );
add_action( 'get_sidebar', 'my_sidebar_class' );
add_action( 'wp_footer', 'my_sidebar_class_replace' );
function my_sidebar_class( $name = '' ) {
	static $class = 'withsidebar';
	if ( ! empty( $name ) ) {
		$class .= ' sidebar-' . $name;
	my_sidebar_class_replace( $class );
function my_sidebar_class_replace( $c = '' ) {
	static $class = '';
	if ( ! empty( $c ) ) {
		$class = $c;
	} else {
		echo str_replace( '<body class="', '<body class="' . $class . ' ', ob_get_clean() );


  • Since: 2.8

Source Code

body_class() is located in wp-includes/post-template.php.


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