I encountered the situation where I needed to use a slightly different/modified view.phtml, list.phtml and page template for specific category, so I found the following solution:

I had used the following code (which I inserted in Catalog -> Manage Categories -> Custom Layout Update) and I set up the option: Applay to Product to Yes!

Here is my 1rst part of code and explanation:

<reference name="product_list">
<action method="setTemplate"> <template>catalog/product/list_custom.phtml</template></action>

Above code is working great and because I wanted to have a slightly different list view templajt I created a new file called list_custom.phtml and there make some changes.

Here is my 2nd part of code and explanation:

<reference name="product.info">
<action method="setTemplate"> <template>catalog/product/view_custom.phtml</template></action>

Also, above code is working great and because I wanted to have a slightly different view templajt I created a new file called view_custom.phtml and there make some changes. This is OK!

I, also, use the following code:

<reference name="root">
<action method="setTemplate"><template>page/custom_list.phtml</template></action>

Here is where I need help :(

Above code is listening all the products as I want to, but when I click on the product I want that product (from specific category) to have different/custom page layout! Now, it is opened in custom_list.phtml templejt.

2 Answers 2


Using the product id in your layout, you can use the following layout handle to make modification to your page for this specific product:


Or using the product sku, you can use the same method with the following layout handle:


For more reference check : here

  • I will try this, but quick question, please? What if I want to show not only one specific product, but all the products from specific category?
    – user15151
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:01
  • @user15151 I have not idea for that case. Jun 27, 2018 at 10:06

Create plugins for the list and view blocks. So for the product_list block, you would create a di.xml file in a module with these contents:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:ObjectManager/etc/config.xsd">
    <type name="Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct">
        <plugin name="your_module_catalog_productlist_block_plugin" type="Your_Vendor\Your_Module\Block\Catalog\Product\ListProductPlugin"/>

Then create a plugin file app/code/Your_Vendor/Your_Module/Block/Catalog/Product/ListProductPlugin.php with these contents:

namespace Your_Vendor\Your_Module\Block\Catalog\Product;

use \Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct;

class ListProductPlugin
     * @param \Magento\Catalog\Block\Product\ListProduct $subject
    public function beforeToHtml(ListProduct $subject)
        if (/*Your conditions go here*/) {


For the other blocks you would add another element in the di.xml file and create a similar plugin class.

Hope it helps.

  • Hi Rimšiakas, thank you for your replay. To be honest, I can't follow your :(
    – user15151
    Jun 27, 2018 at 14:03
  • alanstorm.com/magento_2_object_manager_plugin_system In this link you'll find a pretty good explanation on how to work with plugins, in case that's the problem.
    – Rimšiakas
    Jun 27, 2018 at 14:17
  • Great, I will take a look at it. Thanks one more time.
    – user15151
    Jun 27, 2018 at 14:19

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