Add Custom Body Class for Specific Pages

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Are you looking for a way to add a custom body class for specific pages? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to add custom body class for specific pages in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

add_filter( 'body_class', 'my_neat_body_class');
function my_neat_body_class( $classes ) {
     if ( is_page(7) || is_category(5) || is_tag('neat') )
          $classes[] = 'neat-stuff';

     return $classes; 

Add this code snippet to the header.php file of your WordPress theme to replace your default HTML body tag.

<body <?php body_class(); ?>>

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly add code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Is something similar possible but for a #id? I don’t want class .id

    1. You could still use the .page-id class: https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/body_class/

      That said, for actually ids, you could add an id to the template file itself and use conditionals to control when it displays.

  2. great! really helped me out.

  3. Freelance Web Designer June 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    where can i add class once above steps are done?

    1. change the class in the code ‘neat-stuff’ to whatever you would like. You could even add
      multiple classes if need be.

      1. Freelance Web Designer June 3, 2014 at 3:39 pm

        i want different id / class for each page… how do i assign it to specific page?

        1. This snippet is not what you need, it will only add a single class to

          “is_page(7) || is_category(5) || is_tag(‘neat’)”

          A page with the ID of 7 or the category of 5 or a page that has the tag neat. I think what would better fit your needs is the following.


          This will add the page slug as the class for the page with a prefix of parent-{page_slug}. Other than adding this snippet to the functions.php nothing more needs to be done. Also take a look at this search result for more snippets related to the body_class http://wpsnipp.com/?s=body_class

          I’m sure you can find a few that are useful.

          1. Freelance Web Designer June 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm


  4. Works flawlessly for me, nice job!

  5. Thanks a lot for this, really appreciated!

  6. Thanks for this, I wanted a shorter body class name for a custom page template, using is_page_template (‘template-name.php’) and this worked perfect.

  7. you this be combined with the other body class snippet so if the pages are not specified they default to have their own page as the class?

    1. Should be able to just do

           if ( is_page(7) || is_category(5) || is_tag(‘neat’) ){
                $classes[] = ‘neat-stuff’;          }else{
                $classes[] = ‘other-class’;


  8. Is there anything you need to do after you add the class? I’m not seeing any way to add a custom class for a page…

    1. Hi Trevor,
      Yes you will need to add the body_class(); function within the body tag I updated the snippet to avoid confusion.

  9. Very handy. Can something simular be done using page parent?

    1. Sure you could do something like this, however if your pages only have a single parent the body_class will already add “page-parent” class to the body. This is only a problem if you have many child pages as each sub page may also be a parent page. What is it that you are trying to do?

  10. Elliott the web design guy May 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Now that’s a very neat snippet for custom page layouts – awesome!

    1. Cool glad you like it!

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