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I currently have a general template and a front page template. I made a custom node for a content type I made and it works just fine but then realized that I need an entirely new page template as well. I already made a page--[content_name].tpl.php file and cleared the cache but it wasn't read. Is there something I need to change elsewhere or is what I'm doing completely off? Thank you.

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    Can you give more detail like the content type name and tpl file name. Just for trying go to theme setting and save the theme again. It might work. – j2r Dec 17 '12 at 7:06
  • create a tpl file in your theme folder, as nodetype.tpl.php as if you have created a node type article them create a templete as article.tpl.php. and this will works, i have used this way in d6, – Sanjay dev Dec 17 '12 at 7:28
  • content type is events_home and the filename used was pages--events_home.tpl.php. – jsalita Dec 17 '12 at 7:30
  • tried making a tpl file that way. it didn't work. – jsalita Dec 17 '12 at 7:33
  • its page--events_home.tpl.php not "pages" use "page" – j2r Dec 17 '12 at 7:40
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For Drupal 6 -- page-[content_type_name].tpl.php and clear the cache.

For Drupal 7 -- http://www.digett.com/blog/01/11/2012/overriding-page-templates-content-type-drupal-7

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You can do the same thing. means a different layout for specific content type using panels. Check the first answer : Panels for Node Types

  • there isn't a Structures->Pages section in the admin. – jsalita Dec 17 '12 at 7:38
  • You need to install panels and pages module. – j2r Dec 17 '12 at 7:39

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