I made a custom controller and declared a layout here. When I go to mysite/custom the controller and the layout works fine. But when I access the indexsite (mysite/index) the layout which I used for the Custom_IndexController is also loaded.

I just want this layout to be loaded on the specific view. Please let me know what I'm doing wrong here.

This is what my config.xml looks like

<?xml version="1.0"?>


My Controller:

class Unreal_Custom_IndexController extends Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action
    public function indexAction()
        echo "foo";

The corresponding layout

<layout version="0.1.0">
    <default module="Unreal">

        <block type="page/html" name="root" output="toHtml" template="unreal/custom/main.phtml" >           
            <block type="page/html_head" name="header" as="header" template="unreal/custom/header.phtml"></block>
            <block type="page/html" name="content" as="content" template="unreal/custom/content.phtml"></block>
            <block type="page/html_footer" name="footer" as="footer" template="unreal/custom/footer.phtml"></block>


The "handle" in your layout file should be custom_index_index.

These handles consist of:

  1. Module name (defined/used in config.xml layout updates section)
  2. The name of the controller, same as used in the file and class name (in your case Custom_IndexController => "index"
  3. The action name, same as the method for handling the action (in your case, the default indexAction() => "index"

So fully assembled, this would be custom + index + index = custom_index_index

<layout version="0.1.0">
    <custom_index_index module="Unreal">

        <block ... >            
            <!-- ... -->


If you would use the default handle, then these blocks / actions / etc.. would be applied on every page, by "default" ;)

  • thanks a lot this works:) I'll dig into handles to understand this concept better – xhallix Nov 2 '15 at 8:28

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