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Layout overrides

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Since v4.0, some visual elements are displayed through layouts, allowing template overrides. These layouts are created for:

  • the blog views category index (lnepcategoryindex.php and lnepk2categoryindex.php),
  • the blog views tag index (lneptagindex.php and lnepk2tagindex.php),
  • the blog views search/clear fields (lnepsearch.php),
  • the modals (lnepmodal.php),
  • the blog views print icon (lnepicons.php),
  • the views and module item's details (lnep_detail_hits.php, ...),
  • the views and module item's details for Joomla 3.7+ custom fields (lnep_detail_jfield_generic.php, lnep_detail_jfield_calendar.php, ...),
  • the views and module item's details for K2 extra fields (lnep_detail_k2field_generic.php, lnep_detail_k2field_date.php, ...),
  • the heads of type video (lnep_head_video_dailymotion.php, ...),
  • v4.12 the blog views author index (lnepauthorindex.php and lnepk2authorindex.php),
  • v5.1 the blog view custom field index (lneplistfield.php),
  • v6.0 the blog views display number (lnepdisplay.php).
  • v6.5 the title detail (lnep_detail_title.php).
  • v6.5 the text detail (lnep_detail_text.php).
  • v6.5 the list views columns sort arrows (lnepcolumnsort.php).
  • v6.8 the blog views alias index (lnepaliasindex.php and lnepk2aliasindex.php),

You can find the layouts under components/com_latestnewsenhancedpro/layouts.

As best practice, it is recommended to create overrides of those files rather than update them. That way, the next component update won't dismiss the changes you have made.

BEFORE creating layout overrides

Overrides are NOT updated when you perform an extension update. As such, they can soon become out of sync with the extension. You are not getting new features, bug fixes, security updates... Therefore every time you update an extension you should make sure you check those overrides and keep them up-to-date. So, before you create an override, make sure:

  • the changes you need cannot just be accommodated with CSS
  • the Bootstrap compatibility of the extension is properly set (in the advanced tab, set the Bootstrap compatibility parameter to match your template's)

Creating layout overrides

Go to the layouts section of your template's Create overrides tab, select the com_latestnewsenhancedpro extension and then click on the desired layout folder (find detailed explanations about the content of those folders below).

The layouts ready for override
The layouts ready for override

Go back to the Editor tab. You will find the layout overrides under /html/layouts.

The created layouts overrides
The created layout overrides


Holds the modal and icons layouts.

  • lnepicons.php shows the icon selection (print, edit)
  • lnepmodal.php has the code to show the modals

The module and the component views share the modals layout. Any override made will be used throughout.


Holds all information details (defaults, custom fields and K2 extra fields).

  • lnep_detail_ago.php outputs date as X days ago/in 
  • lnep_detail_agohm.php outputs date as X days or X minutes... ago/in
  • lnep_detail_agomhd.php outputs date as X days and X minutes... ago/in
  • lnep_detail_author.php outputs the author
  • lnep_detail_category.php outputs the category
  • lnep_detail_date.php outputs the flat-out date
  • lnep_detail_hits.php outputs the number of hits
  • lnep_detail_jcommentscount.php outputs the number of comments from jcomments
  • lnep_detail_jfield_calendar.php outputs custom fields of calendar type
  • lnep_detail_jfield_editor.php outputs custom fields of editor type
  • lnep_detail_jfield_generic.php outputs custom fields that have no specific layout 
  • lnep_detail_jfield_textarea.php outputs custom fields of textarea type
  • lnep_detail_jfield_url.php outputs custom fields of url type
  • lnep_detail_k2commentscount.php outputs K2 comments count
  • lnep_detail_k2field_date.php outputs K2 date field
  • lnep_detail_k2field_generic.php outputs K2 fields that have no specific layout
  • lnep_detail_k2field_link.php outputs K2 link field
  • lnep_detail_k2field_multipleselect.php outputs K2 multiple select field
  • lnep_detail_k2field_radio.php outputs K2 radio field
  • lnep_detail_k2field_select.php outputs K2 select field
  • lnep_detail_k2field_textarea.php outputs K2 textarea field
  • lnep_detail_keywords.php outputs meta keywords
  • lnep_detail_linksabc.php outputs links A, B and C
  • lnep_detail_rating.php outputs the article rating
  • lnep_detail_readmore.php outputs a readmore link
  • lnep_detail_share.php outputs share links (Facebook...)
  • lnep_detail_tags.php outputs tags
  • lnep_detail_title.php outputs the item title (as specified in the list views only)
  • lnep_detail_time.php outputs the flat-out time
  • lnep_detail_text.php outputs the item's text (as specified in the list views only)

The lnep_detail_share layout now calls sub-layouts for all share buttons.
When creating a new share button, you need to add a new sub-layout to the /html/layouts/com_latestnewsenhancedpro/details/lnep_detail_share folder (you may need to create those folders) of your template. To know what the sub-layout's code must be, just copy one of the extension's available sub-layouts.

Tutorial Learn how you can add a custom Tumblr share button.

Third party custom fields

You can specify which third party custom fields you want to make available in the extension as detailed information. Go to the Shared options tab of the global configuration of the extension.

The fields will not show in the extension's outputs unless you add specific layout overrides for them. In the /details folder, add the layout lnep_detail_jfield_[field plugin element name].php, which will represent the field type. It is easier to just copy one of the other detail layouts, renamed and modified.

Tutorial Learn how you can add a third-party video field.


Holds all video types that represent the head of an item.

  • lnep_head_video_dailymotion.php outputs DailyMotion videos
  • lnep_head_video_facebookvideo.php outputs Facebook videos
  • lnep_head_video_html5video.php outputs HTML5 videos
  • lnep_head_video_vimeo.php outputs Vimeo videos
  • lnep_head_video_youtube.php outputs YouTube videos


Contains all the pagination-related layouts (filters and search).

  • lnepaliasindex.php outputs the alias index
  • lnepauthorindex.php outputs the author index
  • lnepcategoryindex.php outputs the category index
  • lnepcolumnsort.php outputs arrows for table headers (list view only)
  • lnepdisplay.php outputs the display number select box
  • lnepk2aliasindex.php outputs the alias index for K2
  • lnepk2authorindex.php outputs the author index for K2
  • lnepk2categoryindex.php outputs the category index for K2
  • lnepk2tagindex.php outputs the tag index for K2
  • lneplistfield.php outputs the custom field index of list, checkboxes or radio type
  • lnepsearch.php outputs the search field
  • lneptagindex.php outputs the tag index

v5.1 The new custom field index layout (lneplistfield.php) allows you to use any custom field of list type as index for the articles. In the event you do not use a label, an invisible label is still required for accessibility purposes. The label is present in the layout but requires that you translate it by creating a language override for the key COM_LATESTNEWSENHANCEDPRO_FILTERFIELD_[field name]. Create a key for every custom field you are using as index filter.

AFTER creating layout overrides

Modify the files at your will. They will have precedence over the extension's files. Therefore, if you want to go back to the original outputs, you should delete the overrides that you have created.

Tip When clicking on a folder, all layouts are copied over to the [current_template]/html/layouts/com_latestnewsenhancedpro template folder. This happens even if you just want to only change one layout. Only keep the layouts overrides that need modifications. Delete all other layouts. This will help you down the road for maintenance (you will know that the files present have been modified for sure).

New v4.13

The layout suffix

You can use different overrides of the same layout for index and information details. Just set the advanced parameter Layout suffix. By doing so, you are giving priority to the layouts that will contain that suffix in the name of the override.

For instance, you can override lnepcategoryindex.php but also have another menu item using a slightly different output. Just add the layout suffix (for example 'xyz') in the menu item's advanced parameters to give priority to the override

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