Required files for WordPress Theme Development
The main stylesheet. This must be included with your Theme, and it must contain the information header for your Theme.
The RTL stylesheet. This will be included automatically if the website’s text direction is right-to-left. This can be generated using the RTLer plugin.
The main template. If your Theme provides its own templates, index.php must be present.
The comments template.
The front page template.
The home page template, which is the front page by default. If you use a static front page this is the template for the page with the latest posts.
The single post template. Used when a single post is queried. For this and all other query templates, index.php is used if the query template is not present.
The single post template used when a single post from a custom post type is queried. For example,
would be used for displaying single posts from the custom post type named “book”. index.php is used if the query template for the custom post type is not present.
The author template. Used when an author is queried.
The date/time template. Used when a date or time is queried. Year, month, day, hour, minute, second.
The archive template. Used when a category, author, or date is queried. Note that this template will be overridden by category.php, author.php, and date.php for their respective query types.
The search results template. Used when a search is performed.
Attachment template. Used when viewing a single attachment.
Image attachment template. Used when viewing a single image attachment. If not present, attachment.php will be used.
The 404 Not Found template. Used when WordPress cannot find a post or page that matches the query.