What is .tpl files? php, web design


A man wants me to redesign a site run in PHP (VideoCMS). But when I asked him to send me the source he has given me *.tpl files instead of *.php. There is some code inside them:

{include file='header.tpl' p="article"} 

<br />
<table width="886" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
    <td width="150" valign="top">
    <div id="reg_box">
    <h3 class="captions">{$lang.articles}</h3>
        <div id="list_cats">
    <br />
    <div id="reg_box">
    <h3 class="captions">{$lang.members}</h3>
    {if $logged_in == '1'}
    {include file='loggedin_body.tpl'} 
    {include file='login_body.tpl'} 


{include file='header.tpl' p="index"} 

{php} $_SESSION['isFair'] = "Yes"; {/php}

Question: what's the interpreter of the code? How to redesign this site?

3/11/2013 7:43:45 AM

Accepted Answer

That looks like Smarty to me. Smarty is a template parser written in PHP.

You can read up on how to use Smarty in the documentation.

If you can't get access to the CMS's source: To view the templates in your browser, just look at what variables Smarty is using and create a PHP file that populates the used variables with dummy data.

If I remember correctly, once Smarty is set up, you can use:

$smarty->assign('nameofvar', 'some data');

to set the variables.

11/27/2009 11:54:39 AM

Templates. I think that is Smarty syntax.

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