I'm hoping someone can help me because I'm at my wits end! I'm using the zen theme - then created a sub-theme and now I can't seem to get the custom templates to be recognized by the custom content type name (page--node--custom_content_name.tpl.php).

I've created a new template.php in my sub-theme and placed text that I've found in other blogs and forums to help make it recognize the content type so I can use it in the tpl.php name but nothing seems to work. If I use the dev module it only says that I can name them page--node--1.tpl.php, which would be fine if we weren't going to be adding more content on an ongoing basis.

Right now I have so many tpl.php just so that I can show people what the pages will look like - it's crazy!! What am I doing wrong?! Help!!

  • It looks like you are combining two content types (page & node). Are you trying to modify pages or nodes?
    – RedRaven
    Jul 28, 2013 at 21:17

1 Answer 1


Drupal doesn't provide content type based template suggestions for page.tpl.php but for node.tpl.php. That means you can use a template like node--custom-content-name.tpl.php.

However, if you want to have a page.tpl.php for your content type, you need to tell Drupal about your template suggestion. Put this code in your template.php file:

function YOURTHEME_preprocess_page(&$variables) {
  if (isset($variables['node']->type)) {
    $content_type = $variables['node']->type;
    $variables['theme_hook_suggestions'][] = 'page__' . $content_type;

You should name your template file like: page--custom-content-name.tpl.php.

  • Thanks I've tried that too. It still won't work and the devel module isn't showing that it's even possible to name the templates with the content type. so I must be missing some PHP somewhere... I just don't know what. Jul 28, 2013 at 19:53
  • my devel module shows me my options are this: Template called: sites/all/themes/mazin_theme/templates/page.tpl.php Candidate template files: page--node--31.tpl.php < page--node--%.tpl.php < page--node.tpl.php < page.tpl.php Jul 28, 2013 at 20:16
  • Ok, I thought Zen theme would provide those template suggestions for page.tpl.php but it is not the case as I read. AdaptiveTheme has an option to activate those template suggestions. In your case you should tell Drupal about them manually. I have updated my answer, please check.
    – Elin Y.
    Jul 28, 2013 at 21:52
  • Yup - that's it! I just had to create a new template.php and put it in my sub-theme and the only thing in it was a slightly different version: function mazin_theme_preprocess_page(&$vars) { // - page--example.tpl.php if (isset($vars['node'])) { $vars['theme_hook_suggestion'] = 'page__'.$vars['node']->type; // } } Jul 28, 2013 at 23:06

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