This is the general layout for all pages. In page.xml, there is this code

<default translate="label" module="page">
  <label>All Pages</label>
    <block type="page/html" name="root" output="toHtml" template="page/1column.phtml">
      <block type="page/html_head" name="head" as="head">
        <action method="addCss"><stylesheet>css/styles.css</stylesheet></action>

Now in page/1column.phtml, there is this code

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="<?php echo $this->getLang() ?>" lang="<?php echo $this->getLang() ?>">
<?php echo $this->getChildHtml('head') ?>

So I'm pretty sure <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('head') ?> starts including the contents of head block in page.xml, e.g. css/styles.css. Somehow in the view source, there is all the content in head.phtml between <head> and css/styles.css, but I have no idea what is putting it there. I don't see anything setting head.phtml in this layout file or local.xml. Does anyone know where this template is included in code? I think finding this will help me uncover a bug I'm experiencing..

1 Answer 1


Here the template file is not set through xml, rather it is defined in block. at location


you will see this code

protected function _construct()
    $this->setData('is_enterprise', Mage::getEdition() == Mage::EDITION_ENTERPRISE);

this piece of code is responsible for setting head.phtml template

  • Ah yeah, and that's set by <block type="page/html_head". Thank you. Jul 14, 2014 at 16:24

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