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K2: Custom Templates Featured

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To override layouts in K2, you follow nearly the same process that you would in the Native Joomla content component. There is one slight difference though. It would seem that K2 . 

Let's take the item view for example. Just before the JView::display method is called at the end of the K2ViewItem class the following is executed:

 //Set template paths
        $this->_addPath('template', JPATH_COMPONENT.DS.'templates'.DS.'default');
        $this->_addPath('template', JPATH_SITE.DS.'templates'.DS.$mainframe->getTemplate().DS.'html'.DS.'com_k2'.DS.'templates'.DS.'default');
        if ($params->get('theme')) {
            $this->_addPath('template', JPATH_COMPONENT.DS.'templates'.DS.$params->get('theme'));
            $this->_addPath('template', JPATH_SITE.DS.'templates'.DS.$mainframe->getTemplate().DS.'html'.DS.'com_k2'.DS.'templates'.DS.$params->get('theme'));

The '$this' part of each of these lines is referring to the an object that extends the JView class. The _addPath method puts the given path on top of an array of paths to search. What that means is that when  JView::display is finially called the method will look for the define layout in the folders that have been defined in the JView::_path property, returning the first layout it finds starting at the top of the JView::_path array.

From the code above its aparent that if we have a special theme set for this content item, the JView class will look for the item.php in the :


which kind of looks like this:


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