Custom post type archive and single.php files not working

The question:

Hi I’ve created a custom post type called shows.

here is the code for it.

add_action('init', 'show_register');

function show_register() {
        //arguments to create the post type.
        $args = array(
                'label' => __('shows'),
                'singular_label' => __('Show'),
                'public' => true,
                'show_ui' => true,
                'capability_type' => 'post',
                'hierarchical' => true,
                'has_archive' => true,
                'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'thumbnail', 'custom-fields'),
                'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'shows', 'with_front'
                => false), );
                //Register type and custom taxonomy for type.
                register_post_type( 'shows' , $args );

                register_taxonomy("Show-type", array("shows"),
                array("hierarchical" => true, "label" => "Show
                Types", "singular_label" => "Show Type", "rewrite"
                => true, "slug" => 'show-type'));

I’ve created 2 files that follow accordingly to the wordpress hierarchy and called them archive-shows.php and single-shows.php. These should automatically link to the correct pages however for some reason they both default back to index.php.

The normal single.php and archive.php work as normal.

Fix’s tried Permalinks Flushed has archive = true

please any suggestions.

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

You have to flush your permalinks after you register these things. There are ways to do that automatically but the quick and dirty way is to browse to wp-admin->Settings->Permalinks and click “Save Changes”. That will work fine if this is your site and you aren’t distributing a plugin. If this is a plugin (which it probably should be), you can run flush_rewrite_rules(); on the plugin’s activation hook. An example of doing that from the Codex:

function myplugin_activate() {
    // register taxonomies/post types here

register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'myplugin_activate' );

function myplugin_deactivate() {
register_deactivation_hook( __FILE__, 'myplugin_deactivate' );

Other than that, I did not have any issue with your code (copied un-altered). The CPT registered and both single-shows.php and archive-shows.php worked after flushing the permalinks.

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