My goal: change the layout of my front page which is a menu item of the type 'tag list' (or something similar, don't know the precise translation). As usual, I made a file overriding the view template which creates the respective section.

What I've done: So I've made a file <template>/html/com_tags/tag/default_items.php with the same contents as components/com_tags/views/tag/tmpl/default_items.php, expecting to see any changes I make to the aforementioned file. However, even if I empty the file, the result is the same as without the file alltogether.

EDIT - UPDATE 1: As suggested in an answer, I have tried creating an alternative layout instead. So I made the file <template>/html/com_tags/tag/custom_layout_test.php and put a test string in it, but I cannot select it in the admin interface's template style option of the menu entry.

EDIT - UPDATE 2: Well, it still does not work, but I have found this, which is precisely what I wanted to do anyways. Thanks for your attempts to help me, I guess I missed something, but I don't really have any more time on this. Sorry for leaving this open, maybe the link will help someone.

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I just asked Google 'joomla tag list override' and it told me: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=706&t=854545

Edit - Update 1:
Copy components/com_tags/views/tag/tmpl/default.php and rename it to

Then copy <template>/html/com_tags/tag/default_items.php to
components/com_tags/views/tag/tmpl/default_items.php and edit it to your liking.

Then you should set alternative tag list layout 'namewithoutunderscores' as default in Tagged Items Options.

  • thank you, I've read that link already. They said to rename default.php and not use default_items.php at all. If I understand correctly, they're creating an alternative layout, not altering the default layout. Am I missing something?
    – Yorrd
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 21:18
  • You should create alternative layout and set it as default in Tagged Items Options.
    – Mikan
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 21:32
  • Please see my edit, that didn't work out as it was described. I feel like I'm asking very dumb questions, I just don't get why it's not working though. I mean I've done this for an extension's components already, I don't know what's different here.
    – Yorrd
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 21:43
  • thanks for the update. My "default.php" is now called testname.php and I can select testname in the global config for tag views, but it doesn't seem to change anything. Now I'm completely confused
    – Yorrd
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 22:25
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    Then its beyond my reach, sorry and good luck.
    – Mikan
    Commented Mar 9, 2016 at 22:27

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