I want to create an alternative layout for an article in Joomla 2.5.16. In my template's override folder I duplicated the current template override file (default.php) and renamed to myarticle.php.

But for whatever reason, I can't see my new article.php file as an option in article manager's layout option. It still displays only the default.php.

  • Small advice: Please update your joomal version to 2.5.20 Commented May 14, 2014 at 14:41

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Make sure you have the folder structure correct:

Component path: /components/com_content/views/article/tmpl/default.php

Template path: /templates/mytemplate/html/com_content/article/myarticle.php

  • this exactly the path... but joomla can't see the alternative layout.
    – FFrewin
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 13:19

I fell into the trap of putting an underscore in my override file name. This is not allowed (https://docs.joomla.org/Layout_Overrides_in_Joomla#Module_Alternative_Layouts), and if you do it, your override will not appear.

  • oh man, that was vicious... Thanks for posting back your solution!
    – JinSnow
    Commented Mar 26, 2016 at 8:07

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