Custom Admin Theme

Custom Admin Theme

Published July 11, 2009 in Development
Enable Template/Block Hints in Admin Panel
July 10, 2009
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August 2, 2009

Our Objective

If you need to make adjustments to the adminhtml theme files (template, layout, or skin), you have two options for accomplishing this. Here’s an example of what we would want to accomplish: Files in /app/design/adminhtml/default/custom_admin_theme/ need to override files in: /app/design/adminhtml/default/default/ Likewise, files in /skin/adminhtml/default/custom_admin_theme/ need to override files in: /skin/adminhtml/default/default/ The following two options accomplish this functionality:


Option 1 – “Admin Theme” module

Here is a screenshot of this module in action: "Admin Theme" Screenshot

Option 2 – Add XML to your module’s config file

If you don’t want to install a module just to enable this functionality, you can add the following XML code inside the tag inside the config.xml file of any of your active modules. Alternatively, you can add this XML to your /app/etc/local.xml file. I prefer this option, due to its simplicity and the fact that the store administrator will have no need to update the adminhtml theme from the admin panel.

The code above overrides the XML from the /app/code/core/Mage/Adminhtml/etc/config.xml lines 410-422

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