What I am trying to do is to create a new template in my theme. I created a file in frontend/mytheme/default/template/page/2columns-left-cms.phtml. This is the content of it :

<!DOCTYPE html>
<?php echo $this->getChildHtml('head') ?> 
<body <?php echo $this->getBodyClass()?' class="'.$this->getBodyClass().'"':'' ?>>

    <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('after_body_start') ?>
    <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('header') ?>
    <div class="breadcrumbs-list">
        <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('breadcrumbs') ?> 
    <div class="container product-details-container">
        <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('global_notices') ?>
        <div class="layout layout-1-col home-main">
            <div role="main" class="role-main">
                <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('global_messages') ?>
                <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('content') ?>
    <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('footer') ?>
    <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('before_body_end') ?>
    <?php echo $this->getAbsoluteFooter() ?>


When I want to select from cms/design from layout, my new template, it doesn't show up. So what xml do i have to change ? what should i do ? Can someone explain the process?

Thank in Advance...


2 Answers 2


As it looks like you have FTP access. A quick extension would be..

create file under app/etc/modules/My_Othertemplates.xml with code

<?xml version="1.0"?>

..then create the Extension etc config file


..with the code below

<?xml version="1.0"?>
     <!-- My New Template -->
     <label>2 Column Left CMS (2colleftcms)</label>

this new template should appear in the select template dropdown across the admin panel.

You can add more as well inside the app/code/community/My/Othertemplates/etc/config.xml. Just change "2colleftcms" to a unique name and make sure the template file exists in your theme folder or base folder

<!-- Another New Template -->
<label>2 Column Left CMS (2colleftcms)</label>

I'm using this with success

  • I created this module. I put exactly what you described, I cleared the cached, the module is enabled, but nothing appears in the cms page in the dropdown from the admin panel Aug 17, 2015 at 7:24
  • Well i just did the steps above (on Magento and its showing up on my cms page layout dropdown menu..
    – BENN1TH
    Aug 17, 2015 at 10:32
  • but where should i put the 2columns-left-cms.phtml ? i put it in mytheme/default/template/page Aug 17, 2015 at 11:45
  • <template>page/2columns-left-cms.phtml</template> this points to the specified path given, so yes, just place the template file in the path specified.
    – BENN1TH
    Aug 18, 2015 at 7:27
  • github.com/SeakEcommerce/AdditionalLayouts/blob/master/… - via GitHub repo
    – BENN1TH
    Sep 22, 2015 at 21:15
        <!— Custom page layout handles —>
        <reference name=“root”>
            <action method=“setTemplate”><template>page/2columns-left-cms.phtml</template></action>
             <!— Mark root page block that template is applied —>
             <action method=“setIsHandle”><applied>1</applied></action>


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

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