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I am going a little mad trying to figure out why the product page for my site is pointing to frontend/base/default/template/page/column.phtml which does not exist. Any help here will be greatly appreciated.

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I'm not sure what do you mean by 'blank'. No header, footer, nothing? Anyhow, this is true, no such template file should be in base/default and if this is true, it is perfectly normal to get blank page.
I think the question you need to ask is: Where is this template defined to be your product page template?
I can't be sure, but most likely you have a file called local.xml in your app\design\frontend\PACKAGENAME\THEMENAME\layout\ folder.
In there search for the template name column.phtml I think what you want, is to have 1column layout. Then you just have small typo. You need to have '1' in front of 'column'. Correct would be following:

<catalog_product_view>
    <reference name="root">
        <action method="setTemplate"><template>page/1column.phtml</template></action>
    </reference>
</catalog_product_view>

p.s. Here is a nice module for debug'ing magento ;)

  • Yup, problem was a missing template file. Replaced column.phtml wtih 1column.phtml in catalog.xml. – Nate Bunney Apr 25 '13 at 18:18

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