I am trying to add a template file above my footer to show a subscribe form.

In my template I have created a file app/design/frontend/<vendor>/<theme>/Magento_Theme/layout/default.xml. Here's the contents:

                <block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template"
                    template="Magento_Theme::footer-subscribe.phtml" />

                <block class="Magento\Cms\Block\Block" name="ofihudui">
                  <action method="setTitle"><argument name="title" xsi:type="string">TEST</argument></action>
                  <action method="setBlockId"><argument name="block_id" xsi:type="string">test</argument></action>


I have also created the file app/design/frontend/<vendor>/<theme>/Magento_Theme/template/footer-subscribe.phtml and here's the contents:


The page will show the second block fine, but when I try to add the prefooter.subscribe block Magento gives me this error:

1 exception(s):
Exception #0 (Magento\Framework\Exception\ValidatorException): Invalid template file: 'Magento_Theme::footer-subscribe.phtml' in module: '' block's name: 'prefooter.subscribe'

Is it because I have the file in the wrong place? I'm not sure what to do here, it seems like it should work to me.

  • Have you got solution? – Chirag Patel Nov 2 '18 at 12:29

I think u should try naming the phtml file footer_subscribe.phtml instead of footer-subscribe.phtml

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  • Ahh damn. I just realised the problem... the template dir should be templates – Callum Oct 18 '18 at 13:13
  • @Callum No if you change your template totemplates then also your problem is not solve. – Chirag Patel Oct 18 '18 at 13:15
  • Have u tried clearing cache and reindexing after changing the template to templates – surbhi agr Oct 18 '18 at 13:16
  • Yes there is a problem with template to templates but also one another problem as per error check my answer. – Chirag Patel Oct 18 '18 at 13:22


<block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template" name="my-custom-footersubscribe" template="Magento_Theme::html/myfooter-subscribe.phtml" />

Deploy the static-content, then Clean the cache.

php bin/magento cache:clean

php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy -f

Important : check your phtml content, if you are calling some $block function from a module, it will not work.

In this case you create this phtml in that module then you call it in your layout like this:

<block class="{Vendor}\{Modulename}\Block\{Blockname}" name="my-custom-footersubscribe" template="Vendor_Modulename::html/myfooter-subscribe.phtml" />
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As per your query i found that your problem is with below code.

<block class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template"
                template="Magento_Theme::footer-subscribe.phtml" />

Because, you specify block name name="prefooter.subscribe" but there is a no block found like this name.

And if you want to change the position of your block then you can use <move element="form.subscribe" destination="footer" before="-"/> like this.

Click Here for more reference.

I hope it works.

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