Use a different template for the front page (or any other page)

This recipe describes a way to override the template used for a specific object in your database. Imagine you want your front page to stand out from the rest of your site and use a unique layout.

We can set the default view for any content object by settings its default_view attribute, which is usually None. Inside our own populator (see kotti.populators), we write this:

from kotti.resources import get_root

def populate():
    site = get_root()
    site.default_view = 'front-page'

What’s left is to register the front-page view:

def includeme(config):


If you want to override instead the template of all pages, not only that of a particluar page, you should look at the kotti.override_assets setting (Override templates (kotti.asset_overrides)).