Overriding views

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Overriding views

The default HTML Refinery generates on the front-end is sometimes not suitable for your design. This guide will show you how to:

  • Override a front-end view in Refinery and replace it with your own version

Overriding your first view

If you want to override one of the views Refinery comes built with (for example, to add a phone number to the footer), you'll need to override the view Refinery is providing. Refinery will then use your local version, rather than its original copy.

It's easy to get a copy of this file to modify locally. For example, for the footer, run the following command in the terminal:

$ rake refinery:override view=refinery/_footer.html

Common Examples

These are files we often override when creating a Refinery site.

$ rake refinery:override view=refinery/pages/show
$ rake refinery:override view=refinery/pages/home

Tips and Tricks

  • Trim the .html.erb from the end of the view file name
  • Only override when you really need to, as it makes upgrading to future versions of Refinery trickier
  • You only need the path to the view from inside the views folder, regardless of which extension the file is in
  • This will also work to override views in extensions you've created locally