It is possible to create an alternative article layout in the folder com_content / article (of course not written with an underscore, but with hyphens it works).

But when I try the same procedure within the folder com_content / featured, I get no option to choose this layout in my controll-center.

What are the reasons for this exception?

  • are you making your changes in the actual com_content folder or using the Joomla override libraries as part of the template?
    – Irata
    Aug 3, 2020 at 9:57
  • Thanks for your question. I am using overrides in the html folder as part of a custom template. I am experienced with Joomla template overrides. I am trying this one (folder) the first time and I'm stuck.
    – Oliver
    Aug 3, 2020 at 13:28

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In your directory: /templates/yourtemplate/html/com_content/featured/

You need to create both a template file and XML file with matching names - eg. custom-featured.php and custom-featured.xml - for this task, you can copy the existing default.php and default.xml as a base point. If you then create a new menu item, your Custom Featured will become a menu type option under Articles.

  • Thank you. But this is not helpful. I don't want create a menu-item. I want to achieve a simple template override for (blog) articles that are flagged as featured.
    – Oliver
    Aug 6, 2020 at 6:00
  • articles and featured are two different views. You cannot create a view for featured and expect it to render in the articles view, at least, not without some hideous hacking at Joomla's core. Sounds like you want to create a custom article template - using the same methodology in my answer above, the featured flag is available in that context so you can do whatever you please with it in the template.
    – Grant G
    Aug 6, 2020 at 8:24
  • Now i got it! Thank you so much.
    – Oliver
    Aug 7, 2020 at 10:08
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