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Bypassing template


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25 June 2013 at 8:29pm (Last edited: 25 June 2013 8:30pm), Community Member, 22 Posts

Sorry if this seems like a dense question, but I can't figure it out. I have a particular page type that I want to bypass the default template completely and use its own template (i.e. no layout inheritance - it needs to be completely different).

Can anyone tell me how to accomplish this? I tried putting an appropriately named template in the root 'templates' directory but it didn't work.

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26 June 2013 at 1:13am (Last edited: 26 June 2013 1:15am), Community Member, 135 Posts

Hi kylehudson00,

It works like this; if a .ss file, with a matching name to current classname, is found in the root of the template folder, this file is used to render the data with. If this file contains $Layout the Layout folder folder inside the template folder is searched for a matching .ss file.
EDIT: If there is no .ss file matching the current ClassName in either of the above folders, folders will be searched for a .ss file with the parent classname - often

If you have a pagetype that you want to use a different master template for, put it directly in the themes/themename/templates/

NOTE: Remember to add ?flush=all to URL after changing template files.

Hope it helps


26 June 2013 at 6:02pm Community Member, 22 Posts

Thanks so much for the reply! That was my understanding also, hence my confusion as to why it wasn't working.

Needless to say, I wasn't flushing the template cache - '?flush=all' solved the problem!

Thanks again.