trying to make a very simple change to the category page. Before all I had to do was go into local.xml and add:

    <reference name="root">
        <action method="setTemplate">

I've tried doing the same thing in my local.xml but no change has occured. I then tried in my theme.xml specified xml file and again nothing. I'm not sure why it isn't updating. Here's my current file:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
        <reference name="root">
            <action method="setTemplate">

my folder structure:

app / design / frontend / lexel / coffeehit / layout / local.xml

I'm not sure what the cause is... I think it's something to do with the new inheritance setup. However, it just doesn't apply the layout change... I've tried creating a module that uses local.xml to apply updates - nothing. I'm not sure where to even begin to find out how to go about this.. anyone knows what to do?


1 Answer 1


Instead of using catalog_category_default generic reference, use catalog_category_view (or catalog_category_layered, if you use layered navigation)

Apply those changes in your theme layout catalog.xml file


If it does not exist, copy/paste their catalog.xml base/default file, and then apply the changes in your theme's file

  • I tried that and it still hadn't made a difference :(
    – 123TFO
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 14:16
  • In your theme folder catalog.xml file? Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 14:21
  • no, I use local.xml
    – 123TFO
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 14:29
  • Copy catalog.xml base/default file, and paste it in your layout theme folder. Then make changes in that file Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 14:32
  • tried and still nothing - I think it gets called correctly but then is overriden by the parent themes
    – 123TFO
    Commented Mar 16, 2016 at 14:46

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