A component is using include to load an administrator form in the front-end so users can fill it out and submit content.

I'd like to override that form, but it doesn't appear to be possible from my site template. I can override it from the administrator template (the default isis theme), but my changes can only be seen on the back-end.

Do overrides not carry over between templates? Am I missing something?

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Overrides work based on the way layout files are called.

If it is hardcoded with an include, then it is not possible to override it in clean way.

I guess that at some level you could override the whole view. For instance, to replace ContentViewArticle, you can load your ContentViewArticle first with a system plugin.

  • Thanks for the insight Anibal. Would I use the system plugin to override a class like what's suggested here? If so, I have another question. In the view.html.php file, there is the line parent::display($tpl);. Should I find a way to make $tpl always equal to the administrator template?
    – Obscerno
    Aug 27, 2016 at 0:58
  • Yes, at the end, your are replacing and extending the original class.
    – Anibal
    Aug 27, 2016 at 7:33

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