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I have the MageFan Awesome Blog plugin for my Magento 2 instance. I've managed to override the recent posts template by adding my own BlogOverride plugin to my vendor.

Now I am trying to override the relatedposts.phtml file with my own code and I thought I did it the right way but nothing happened.

I first copied the file

vendor/magefan/module-blog/view/frontend/templates/catalog/product/relatedposts.phtml

to

app/code/Company/BlogOverride/view/frontend/templates/catalog/product/relatedposts.phtml

and changed the code to how I'd like it.

I then did a grep for the relatedposts.phtml file to see which XML file calls it, and it led me here:

vendor/magefan/module-blog/view/frontend/layout/catalog_product_view.xml

I copied it to

app/code/Company/BlogOverride/view/frontend/layout/catalog_product_view.xml

where my code looks like this:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
    <body>
        <referenceContainer name="content.aside">
            <block class="Magefan\Blog\Block\Catalog\Product\RelatedPosts"
                   name="product.info.blog.relatedposts"
                   as="relatedposts"
                   before='-'
                   template="Company_BlogOverride::catalog/product/relatedposts.phtml" />
        </referenceContainer>
    </body>
</page>

I then ran:

$ php bin/magento setup:upgrade
$ php bin/magento setup:di:compile
$ php bin/magento setup:static-content:deploy -f
$ php bin/magento cache:flush

and nothing changed, it's still using the default relatedposts.phtml file. How can I override files created by external plugins?

Edit: I've tried the below suggested answer to no avail:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance dc" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
    <referenceBlock name="content.aside">
        <action method="setTemplate">
            <argument name="template" xsi:type="string">Company_BlogOverride::catalog/product/relatedposts.phtml</argument>
        </action>
    </referenceBlock>
</page>
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Try to follow below code

add below code in your catalog_product_view.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance dc" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
    <referenceBlock name="content.aside">
        <action method="setTemplate">
            <argument name="template" xsi:type="string">Company_BlogOverride::catalog/product/relatedposts.phtml</argument>
        </action>
    </referenceBlock>
</page>

Run below commands

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

  • didn't seem to take affect :/ – treyBake Nov 22 '18 at 9:46
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The key is to add it via the theme - not via a plugin.

I made this directory in my theme:

app/design/frontend/Company/default/Magefan_Blog/templates/catalog/product

where my relatedposts.phtml file now lives.

Refresh the page and huzzah! It works. I double checked by rm -rf app/code/Company and refreshing the page - my custom template still takes affect.

I think how Magento2 works in terms of the order of what it looks at, goes

Core -> Plugins -> Themes

So the correct place to override Plugins is the next step up - themes.

Create a folder inside your theme entitled PluginVendor_PluginName and override like that.

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