I've read about a folder structure discrepancy depending on how you install your Magento 2 which would cause the app/design themes to be moved into a vendor/magento/ folder.

Magento 2 - discrepancy between documentation and theme files structure on github

However my theme files seem to be located in pub/static/frontend/...

which has worked fine for me as far as copying the blank theme & then altering it, however i have come to remove the subscription form from the footer of the site & it seems to be ignoring my layout file.

I've found the Magento_Newsletter module using the template path hints & followed documentation to create a /pub/static/frontend/<vendor>/<template>/en_GB/Magento_Newsletter/layout/default.xml file within my theme containing:

<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
    <referenceBlock name="form.subscribe" remove="true" />

So my question is 2 fold:

1) am i wrong to be building a theme in the pub/static folder

2) have i placed the default.xml file in the wrong folder or am i removing the block in the wrong way?

Thanks for any input.

1 Answer 1


for question 1 yes you are wrong to build a theme in pub/static folder.

the theme will be create app/design/frontend/packagename/yourtheme. when you correct your theme location then xml also taking effect.

here is some tutorial for creating a theme


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    Thanks, can i still duplicate the contents of /vendor/magento/theme-frontend-blank into the app/design/frontend folder and use that as a starting point or will that not work?
    – Ben
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 11:13
  • yes you can duplicate blank theme contents in your theme. Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 11:14

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