Blank Web Page Template in WordPress – And How to Make It?

Blank Web Page Template in WordPress – And How to Make It?

So, you are craving a nice blank web page template in WordPress but don’t know how to make it, right?

I struggled with the same problem, and it was frustrating. For example, “How to disable the navigation bar in WordPress?” “How to get rid of the breadcrumbs on my sales pages?” etc.

Finally, I managed to do it. But it took time to figure it out. Therefore, to make your life easier, I created this step-by-step tutorial. I hope you will find it helpful.


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So let’s dive right into the details.

1. WordPress Web Page Templates – How to Find Them?

The very first step is to figure out where the actual WordPress page template files locate.

Now, to find them, you need to know the names of the available templates in the first place. Then you can find the files.

So let’s check their names. Open any one of the pages in your WordPress admin page. Then find the Page Attributes on the right side of the window.

Page templates in page attributes section in WordPress

On-Page Attributes section, click on Templates drop-down, and here they are – all the templates you have. These are the names.

In my case, the names are these:

The list of page templates in wordpress

What you see might be different. Therefore, you must follow your template names.

Now, after knowing the template names, let’s find their actual location.

FTP Client Software

To remove a navigation bar in WordPress, you need to get access to these actual template files. But how?

You can do this by using some FTP client software. There are LOTS of them on the market (both free and paid versions). Therefore, use whichever you like best.

However, if you don’t have your preference, here you find FileZilla FTP Free Download. It is easy to set it up, and it does its job. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions on how to Filezilla (how to transfer files with FileZilla).

Well, now, when you are connected, let me help you find your WordPress page template files. You still remember the names, right? If not, review it now.

Good. Now let’s see if we can find our templates files.

Ha, here they are.

But… Before you begin navigating, what’s the name of your WordPress theme? In my case, it is Diamond (link) because I use the Diamond theme. Therefore, when you see the word Diamond in the following instruction, you must use the name of your theme.

Understood? Great.

Now, on the right side of the window (Remote site), in the lower window (Filename), navigate to

httpdocs → wp-content → themes → Diamond → page-templates.

This is the folder where all the actual WordPress page template files sit. See if you can find your template files.

Wordpress page template location

Next, at the left side of the FTP Client (local site= your computer), navigate to the folder of your choice.

Then grab one of those page template files with your mouse and drag it to the left side window. FileZilla (or whatever FTP client you are using) copies the template file into your computer (into that folder that is open on the left).

Wow! Finally, we have the page template file on your computer.

Your next task is to download another file, the header.php file.

Hey! It’s an important file. Please do NOT delete or corrupt it. Just copy it.

Where is header.php in WordPress?

Well, go back to the right side of your FTP Client and navigate to:

httpdocs → wp-content → themes → Diamond

(Again, MY theme name is Diamond; you probably have a different name.)

Once you are here, scroll down, and you see the header.php file. Grab it and drag it to your computer the same way you did with the page template file.

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2. Create a New WordPress Template

Under this title, you want to do a few things—fortunately, very easy stuff. You can do it also.

Modify the Header.php file

First, open Windows Explorer (or its alternative), then use Notepad and open that header.php file that you just downloaded.

As you see, there is nothing but some programming code. Fortunately, you don’t need to understand it.

Save the file as header-nonav.php

Note! Please use the “Save As” function and type the suffix .php also. And while saving, choose “All files,” or otherwise Notepad saves your file with the suffix .txt. Sorry, but in this place, WordPress doesn’t eat .txt files. It wants a .php file.

Every time you save a .php file, you must be careful to save it as a .php and not as a .txt file.

After changing the file name, you can change its body. You don’t need to worry that you somehow corrupt the original header.php file.

The header.php is the place that gives a navigation bar to your posts and pages. Therefore, what you want to do is get rid of the navigation bar from the header file. (That’s why we named the new, alternative header file as “nonav.”)

In that renamed file (header-nonav.php), find the following place:

There is a end of the “head” section </head> and the beginning of “body” section <body>.

Header.php code

Did you find it?

Good. Now, right under the beginning of body section <body…>, you should see the line, something like this:

<div id=”header” class=”header-inner-wrap”>

This line says that it uses the header (the logo, navigation bar, etc.) on your WordPress page. You want to remove it, right? So you have to find the end of this “header.”

Scroll down through the header-nonav.php file until you find the end of “header.” It should be something like this:

</div><!– / #header–>

the end of header.php file


Now in that header-nonav.php delete that “header” part. Delete the first line <div id=”header” class=”header-inner-wrap”>, last line </div><!– / #header–> and everything between these two.

Save the file. (Don’t forget to save it as a .php file.)

Finally, you have two different header files – the original one with the header (header.php) and the second without it (header-nonav.php). That is just exactly what we need.

Create a Blank Web Page Template

Now, this is the easier part. Again, open the just downloaded template .php file in Notepad.

Right at the top of the file, you should see the line that says the name of the template:

Template Name: [here is the name of your template]

In my case, the line looks like this:

Template Name: ZOOM Builder

That’s because I am using, in my opinion, an excellent ZOOM Builder plugin for my sales pages.

Template name in WordPress template code

Give your page template a new name. I, for example, add the word ‘blank’:

Template Name: ZOOM Builder blank

Now save the file under the new name. In my case, the original file is template-builder.php, and my new template will be template-builder-blank.php.

Please don’t close it. You still have to modify it.

Find the following line:

<?php get_header(); ?>

get header line in WordPress page template file

Did you find it?

You want to change this line. How?

Do you remember the name of the new header file that you just created? In my case, it was header-nonav.php

That’s what I do now:

I take that line <?php get_header(); ?>  and change it into

<?php get_header(‘nonav’); ?>

 Did you notice the difference? Do the same. After that, save the file.

This modification does this – The newly created WordPress page template will activate (not the original header.php) but the new header-nonav.php file (without navigation menu).

That’s how you get rid of the navigation bar and make a new WordPress template.

Upload the Newly Created Header and Template Files

Go back to FileZilla (or your preferred FTP client) and make a connection with the server.

After that, upload the newly created header-nonav.php file into the same folder where the original header.php is sitting. First, navigate to the right place (both in the left and right windows), grab and drag the file from your computer to the server.

Do you see the new header file next to header.php? If so, you did it correctly.

Then, upload the newly created blank template file into the same folder where all the other templates are.

Do you see the file next to other page templates? If so, great.

Disconnect and quit the FTP client. This time, we don’t need it anymore.

Create a New Page Using a Blank Page Template

For this, go back to the WordPress Admin page. Then create a new page.

On the Page Attributes (on the right), you should see the new blank page template.

new blank page template in wordpress

Do you see it? Select it.

Note! Now your page title WILL NOT show up anymore. That means you have to use the H1 title tag and type your page title into the body text box.

So if you ever have a question of how to hide page title in WordPress, that’s how.

Hit “Save Draft” and then click on the “Preview” button. Your page should be without a navigation bar. Is it?

In my case, the page that uses the newly created blank page template is here.

It is completely clean, right? This is just exactly what you wanted to get.

However, if your theme has a breadcrumb (link), you have to disable it, also.

3. Disable Breadcrumbs in WordPress

Does your WordPress theme have a breadcrumb? If you don’t know what breadcrumb is, it is this:

What is breadcrumb?


It is very easy to disable breadcrumbs in WordPress. However, for this, you need to find a page ID in the first place.

Fortunately, this, too, is easy.

Get Page ID in WordPress

Open your page in WordPress Admin Dashboard (in fact, it should be open already).

Now, look at the URL of the page. The Page ID is the number right after “post=” in the URL. See, it’s that easy to find page ID in WordPress.

how to find page id in wordpress

Disable Breadcrumbs

Now, in the WordPress dashboard, navigate to Appearance → Editor. Then, at the right side of the window, scroll down right to the bottom. There you will find the Custom.css file.

Open it.

Copy and paste the following code into the Custom.css file:

.page-id-1 #breadcrumbs { display: none; }

Then replace the current page ID “1” with your page ID.

For example. Let’s say my page ID is 3005. I copy and paste the following code into the custom.css file:

.page-id-3005 #breadcrumbs { display: none; }

You do the same. After that, hit “Update File” and check the page preview whether the breadcrumb is disabled or not.

If not, try this code. It works for me:

.page-id-5135 .breadcrumbs { display: none; }


Congratulations! After doing all these simple steps above, you should have a blank web page template in WordPress. These simple methods above tell 1) how to get rid of the navigation bar in WordPress, and 2) how to disable breadcrumbs in WordPress.

The result should be a blank WordPress canvas.

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Share Your Ideas:

Did you find the tutorial helpful? And what other ways do you know/use to create a blank web page template in WordPress? Please let me know by dropping a comment into the comment section below. I am very interested to hear from you. Thank you :)


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