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I'm trying to change the template used by fishpig to use a custom wp-2columns-left.phtml template.

I've tried updating my theme's local.xml file with:

<wordpress_default>
    <reference name="root">
          <action method="setTemplate"><template>page/wp-2columns-left.phtml</template></action>
    </reference>
</wordpress_default>

I've also tried amending the wordpress.xml to use the same template but it doesn't work either.

I thought that maybe the wordpress_default layout handle was incorrect but I tested it by removing some js from the head and found it worked.

<wordpress_default>
    <reference name="head">
        <action method="removeItem"><type>js</type><script>fishpig/wordpress/search.js</script></action>
    </reference>
</wordpress_default>

Am I missing something? Could something else be overwriting this layout xml? In my theme only wordpress.xml & local.xml are using the wordpress_default handle.

I'm using the ultimo magento theme and the cache is disabled.

  • Please try flushing the cache... it seems to be the caching issue – Dexter Oct 14 '14 at 12:10
  • @Dexter caching was disabled, I flushed the cache anyway but no change :( – Holly Oct 14 '14 at 12:19
  • The code you used to change template layout is correct... moreover you can give a try setting the template code in wordpress.xml – Dexter Oct 14 '14 at 12:30
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Did you try to change the default layout template via backend? Wordpress > settings > Template

It is saved in your DB under the core_config table.

To control the layout via XML you need to select -- Default template -- and this will read the value in your XML file

  • I tried this but if I select the -- Default -- Template it uses the template selected in the Default field. If I set the Default field to -- Default -- template, no template is loaded. I think this must be what is overriding to local.xml though – Holly Oct 14 '14 at 12:23

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