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.
For Drupal 6 --
page-[content_type_name].tpl.php and clear the cache.
You can do the same thing. means a different layout for specific content type using panels. Check the first answer : Panels for Node Types