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I developed a custom theme for Magento 1 for one of my projects. Or tried to follow the guidelines of the communites. I have not overwritten the files {layout}.xml I have created new ones on a module and modified the concerned designs. I also created some Block classes that extended the originals but modified some small logic.

I have a doubt though. In these pages all, for convenience, I overwritten the block: "content" entirely, because the structure was always totally different:

<block type="core/template" name="content" template="myfront/page/catalog/category/content.phtml">
...

Not using <reference name = "content"> and the various methods inside to customize.

Is this wrong / discouraged? or can I be calm? :)

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In the native layout page.xml, the block content is defined as a core/text_list block :

<block type="core/text_list" name="content" as="content" translate="label">

It seems that you have overrided it with a core/template block :

<block type="core/template" name="content" template="myfront/page/catalog/category/content.phtml">

This could be the cause of a lot of issues as a core/template block and a core/text_list block don't have the same behavior.

For example, every childs of a core/text_list block will be rendered without having to write echo $this->getChildHtml('your-child') in the associated template (you can have a look to app/code/core/Mage/Core/Block/Text/List.php:35 in order to understand why).

  • This is clear, it is calculated, it is not a problem in this case. I wanted to know if there were any best practices that advised against this. – BOES Mar 14 at 15:44

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