Smarty for WordPress

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Do you have Smarty templates that you would like to use in your wordpress blog?

Do you want a fast track migration from Smarty to WordPress?

Smarty for WordPress is the first plugin which incorporates a complete distribution of the Smarty template engine as a WordPress plug-in. You embed your Smarty template file by using a WordPress short code with the Smarty template file name and any variable which you want to be passed to your Smarty template file.

There are many useful frameworks written in Smarty and NOT WordPress, like XCart, that can NOW be implemented into WordPress with minimal changes and ease?

Stop! Don’t throw away that Smarty Template file, Download Smarty for WordPress, install, activate and use that Smarty template file in WordPress TODAY!!!

The following publication, “Guide to Using Smarty for WordPress Plugin” available on
Amazon at ( or Barnes & Noble ( shows how to implement this framework plugin
in your wordpress blog.


First you need to create your Smarty directories under the theme path that you will be
using, e.g.


If you wish to turn off WordPress themes by changing the constant WP_USE_THEMES to false, you also need to
set the constant SMARTY_PATH in your wp-config file to the path containing your Smarty files. In addition, you
need to specify your Smarty Loader file. This file is your index.php replacement for the Smarty templates and
obtain a copy of the smarty instance, make any necessary assignments and load your initial templates. The difference
between this implementation and smarty-only, is you have the full wordpress codex at your dispoable from
your Smarty routines.

You may use Smarty for WordPress either in you PHP/Theme files or from your WordPress posts
and pages. To use the API, simple invoke the function that returns the page
information requested. There are three API’s for this purpose:

If you wish to use Smarty in your custom worpress php files, then

  1. Invoke the smarty_get_instance() function to get an instance of the Smarty class
    with the directories preset to your current theme.
  2. The simply use the Smarty class members as you would normally use, e.g $mySmarty->assign(‘name’,’value’);
    to assign a template variable with a value.

You can also invoke the API’s from your WordPress pages/posts through short codes.

Create a WordPress page and enter the following short code:

[smarty-display tpl=home.tpl] 

where home.tpl is your smarty template located in the templates path

If you want to pass a single variable with the template, use

[smarty-display tpl=home.tpl name=myVariable value="some value"] 

where name is the variable name specified in you smarty template file, and
value is the value to be passed to your smarty template file that the above
variable represents

if you want to pass multiple variables to the smarty template, use

[smarty-load-multiple tpl=home.tpl name='my1,my2,my3' value='1,2,test']

where name holds a comma delimited list of smarty template variable names while
value holds a comma delimited list of associated values for the variable names.

The admin page under Settings permits setting the following Smarty attributes:
– SmartyBC, for enabling backward compatibility
– Auto literal
– Cache lifetime
– Cache modified check
– Config booleanized
– Config overwrite
– Config read hidden
– Debugging
– Force compile
– PHP handling
– Use sub-directories

Testing Smarty for WordPress can be accomplished by creating a post with the following shortcode,

Testing the Smarty Demo included in the Smarty distribution can be accomplished by creating a page or post with the following shortcode.


We make honorable mention to anyone who helps make Smarty for WordPress a better plugin!


Support is provided at You will require a free account on

Please contact [email protected] or visit the above forum with questions, comments, or requests.


To instal this plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Download the plugin
  2. Extract the plugin to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  3. Create the Smarty directories under your theme path
  4. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  5. You are now ready to use the plugin. See the Admin page from Settings|Smarty for WordPress for
    tips and techniques on usage

Plugin author

PressPage Entertainment Inc.

Plugin official website address
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