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Adds flexibility to cakephp themes and paths

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Makeup allows to change the way CakePHP resolves view paths with the help of a configuration array. The goal of this plugin is to improve the reusability of themes and reduce the folder-nesting madness of large applications.

  • Easily map prefixes to themes
  • Override themes from the application
  • Reuse a theme across prefixes with different overrides
  • Choose your own folder structure
  • Fallback on traditional cakephp paths


Using Composer:

composer require gintonicweb/makeup:dev-master

You then need to load the plugin. You can use the shell command:

bin/cake plugin load Gintonic/Makeup

or by manually adding statement shown below to your app's config/bootstrap.php:



Add the MakeupViewTrait to your AppView, and use the $themes variable to map variables.

class AppView extends CrudView
    use \Gintonic\Makeup\View\MakeupViewTrait;

    protected $themes = [
        'Default' => [
            'MyDefaultFolder' => 'DefaultTheme'
        'Admin' => [
            'MyAdminFolder' => 'AdminTheme'

In the case above :

  • Default This is a constant defined by Makeup, representing all non-prefixed pages
  • Admin Represents the Admin prefix
  • MyDefaultFolder and MyAdminFolder are folders found under src/Template/ where you can override themes
  • DefaultTheme and AdminTheme are the names of 2 themes.

Patches & Features

  • Fork
  • Mod, fix
  • Test - this is important, so it's not unintentionally broken
  • Commit - do not mess with license, todo, version, etc. (if you do change any, bump them into commits of their own that I can ignore when I pull)
  • Pull request - bonus point for topic branches

To ensure your PRs are considered for upstream, you MUST follow the CakePHP coding standards.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Gintonic and licensed under The MIT License.