Using files for page templates in Textpattern

07 Jul 2010

One of Textpattern’s drawbacks has always been that page templates are saved in the database. Editing them means using the textarea in the TXP admin interface, but I’m sure most people would prefer to use their favourite text editor.

Here’s a workaround that works in TXP 4.2.0 (I haven’t tried other versions).

  1. Enable ‘Allow PHP in pages?’ in Advanced Preferences if you haven’t already
  2. Set up your sections and corresponding page templates as you want them
  3. Copy and paste everything in your page template into a php file (such as ‘template.php’)
  4. Create a ‘pages’ folder in your textpattern directory and save the file there
  5. Replace the content of your page template in TXP admin with:
<txp:php>echo parse(file_get_contents(txpath.'/pages/template.php'));</txp:php>

From there on in, you can edit the php file. There may be a performance hit doing this, but all TXP tags work. Much easier!

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