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Can you have all theme files in one directory tree?

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Community Member, 138 Posts

12 October 2009 at 8:55am

Is it possible to put all of the theme files in a single directory tree to make them easier to manage?

For example if I'm running Silverstripe with the blogging module the theme files seem to live in the following places:

Adding additional modules increases this complexity even further.

For ease of management I'd like to store everything theme related in one place - for example:

Is there any process/ trick/ switch/ easy hack to allow me to do this?



Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

12 October 2009 at 9:23am

I would have thought that the files for modules could have gone into themes/mysite/templates/

I am pretty sure the template engine looks for templates in this order

Looking for the 'BlogHolder' template
1 Your custom themes module folder (themes/mytheme_blog/templates/)
2 Your custom theme folder (themes/mytheme/templates/)
3 The default location (blog/templates)

You shouldn't need to edit the templates in blog/ You should simply copy the files you want to override into the themes/mytheme/templates/ directory and edit them there.

So in conclusion - yes I believe you can keep all the template files in themes/mytheme/templates* and SS will still pick it up


Community Member, 138 Posts

12 October 2009 at 9:39am

Hi Will - thanks for the prompt reply, it's really appreciated.

I wondered if this was the case but my site didn't seem to be overriding changes to /themes/mytheme/templates from /blog/templates so I wasn't sure about the priority. The addition of /themes/mytheme_blog threw me a little too.

With what you wrote in mind I'll rationalise all of the my theme files into one directory tree and go from there.

Thanks again