Zend Module Layout/Error Plugin

When working with modules in Zend Framework. You might want to separate out your admin’s layout from your user’s front end layout. And you might also want to have different error handling screens for those as well.

With the help of Daniel Cousineau’s Blog Post I was able to come up with the following Layout Plugin.


 * Module Layout Plugin
 * @author     Sean Thayne <sean@skyseek.com> http://www.skyseek.com
 * @author     Daniel Cousineau <dcousineau@gmail.com> http://www.toosweettobesour.com/ 
class App_Layout_Plugin extends Zend_Layout_Controller_Plugin_Layout 
	public function preDispatch(Zend_Controller_Request_Abstract $request) 

	protected function _setLayoutPath(Zend_Controller_Request_Abstract $request)
		$layoutPath  = APPLICATION_PATH;
		$layoutPath .= DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . "modules";
		$layoutPath .= DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $request->getModuleName();
		$layoutPath .= DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . "layouts";
		$layoutPath .= DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . "scripts";


	protected function _setErrorController(Zend_Controller_Request_Abstract $request)
		$front = Zend_Controller_Front::getInstance();

		//If the ErrorHandler plugin is not registered, bail out
		if( !($front->getPlugin('Zend_Controller_Plugin_ErrorHandler') instanceOf Zend_Controller_Plugin_ErrorHandler) )

		$error = $front->getPlugin('Zend_Controller_Plugin_ErrorHandler');

		//Generate a test request to use to determine if the error controller in our module exists
		$testRequest = new Zend_Controller_Request_HTTP();
		//Does the controller even exist?  
		if( $front->getDispatcher()->isDispatchable($testRequest) )

You use the plugin pretty simply by modifying your Bootstrap to include a _initLayout method like so.

class Bootstrap extends Zend_Application_Bootstrap_Bootstrap {

	protected function _initLayout() {
			'pluginClass' => 'App_Layout_Plugin'


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