Last post, I created my own cusomised Magento theme. It looks crap, but it works! Instructions here In this post, I am going to take my fancy bootstrap 3 store template, and integrate it in to our newly created theme. The first stage is learning how the templates all work, so we’ll bring in the js and css, and make our own header until we get the hang of it. Then we can take the HTML from our template and add it in. But first things first.


The theme I downloaded has Bootstrap 3, but not the latest version, so I’m grabbing the latest from

Once downloaded, copy the following files into your theme in /skin/frontend/fashion/default :


Stick your jquery.min.js in /js/lib/jquery.  There’s already a jQuery in there, but yours might be newer. You’ll notice a noconflict.js too. That stops jQuery and Prototype from conflicting with one another.
Ok, now we’ve done that, we need to configure our /app/design/frontend/fashion/default/layout/local.xml file. Javascript & Css go in our head block. So lets add it:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
 * local.xml
 * Local layout modifications for our local theme
 * @category    design
 * @package     fashion
 * @copyright   Copyright (c) 2015 delboy1978uk.
<layout version="0.1.0">
        <reference name="head">
            <action method="addJs"><script>js/lib/jquery.min.js</script></action>
            <action method="addJs"><script>js/lib/jquery/noconflict.js</script></action>
            <action method="addItem"><type>skin_js</type><name>js/bootstrap.min.js</name></action>
            <action method="addItem"><type>skin_css</type><name>css/bootstrap.min.css</name></action>
            <action method="addItem"><type>skin_css</type><name>css/styles.css</name></action>
            <action method="addItem"><type>skin_css</type><name>css/styles-ie.css</name></action>

As you know, the C of CSS stands for cascading. The styles.css in the base theme will be called first, which obviously is unwanted behaviour which could cause class conflicts, so we really want to stop the base theme from loading it. So add this line before the bootstrap.min.css line :

<!-- Remove base theme styles.css --> 
<action method="removeItem"><type>skin_css</type><name>css/styles.css</name></action>

Now let’s deal with the world’s shittiest, least standards compliant browser out there (if you can call it a browser) : Internet Explorer.  The usual suspects apply here, namely respond.min.js & . Download them into the theme js folder, and add them under that bootstrap js line (notice the params bit):

<action method="addItem"><type>skin_js</type><name>js/html5shiv.js</name><params/><if>lt IE 9</if></action>
<action method="addItem"><type>skin_js</type><name>js/respond.min.js</name><params/><if>lt IE 9</if></action>

You can also add a config section specifically for print, so here’s what to add after the reference=”head” section:

<print translate="label" module="page">
    <label>All Pages (Print Version)</label>
    <!-- Mage_Page -->
    <block type="page/html" name="root" output="toHtml" template="page/print.phtml">

        <!-- This block allows the print.phtml template to get the logo -->
        <block type="page/html_header" name="header" as="header"/>

        <block type="page/html_head" name="head" as="head">

            <action method="addCss"><stylesheet>css/styles.css</stylesheet></action>
            <action method="addItem"><type>skin_css</type><name>css/styles-ie.css</name><params/><if>lt IE 8</if></action>
            <action method="addCss"><stylesheet>css/widgets.css</stylesheet></action>
            <action method="addItem"><type>skin_css</type><name>css/print.css</name></action>

        <block type="core/text_list" name="content" as="content" translate="label">
            <label>Main Content Area</label>


Now we add our ‘root’ template file. At the top, in the default node but above the <reference name=”head”> node, add the following (for the example I’m using the 2 col layout):

<reference name="root">
      <action method="setTemplate">

Great! Now it’s time to rip apart the .phtml files we copied over from the base theme! Open /app/design/frontend/fashion/default/template/page/2columns-left.phtml

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="<?php echo $this->getLang() ?>" lang="<?= $this->getLang() ?>">

        <?= $this->getChildHtml('head') ?>

    <body<?= $this->getBodyClass() ? ' class="'.$this->getBodyClass().'"' : null; ?>>
        <?= $this->getChildHtml('after_body_start') ?>
        <?= $this->getChildHtml('global_notices'); ?>
            <?= $this->getChildHtml('header'); ?>
        <section id="after-header">
            <div class="container">
                <?= $this->getChildHtml('slider'); ?>
        <section id="maincontent">
            <div class="container">
                <div class="row">
                    <?= $this->getChildHtml('breadcrumbs'); ?>
                    <aside class="col-left sidebar col-md-3">
                        <?= $this->getChildHtml('left'); ?>
                    <div class="col-main col-md-9">
                        <?= $this->getChildHtml('global_messages'); ?>
                        <?= $this->getChildHtml('content'); ?>
        <footer id="footer">
            <div class="container">
                <?= $this->getChildHtml('footer'); ?>
        <?= $this->getChildHtml('before_body_end'); ?>
        <?= $this->getChildHtml('global_cookie_notice'); ?>
        <?= $this->getAbsoluteFooter(); ?>


Okay, do the same for the other template files too! You know the score! Ditch the Magento markup and replace with BS3 awesomeness!
Check out my next post where we’ll start editing the view files and creating blocks etc!