One of the “most requested” features for Radiant is to be able to reuse
layouts in your standard Rails controllers. Well, it’s here!
With the help of John, I was able to write this extension from scratch
today, and it is pretty well tested. I invite you to try it out and
give me your feedback. You can download the extension from the main
The README has a little more detail, but here’s the basic way to use it:
class MyController < ApplicationController
This will make all your actions from that controller be rendered within
the Radiant Layout named ‘Main’. ‘content_for’ blocks are mapped to
page parts, e.g. a content_for :sidebar block will be accessed via
<r:content part=“sidebar” /> in the Layout. The total result of your
template, a.k.a. @content_for_layout, maps to the ‘body’ part, or
<r:content />. If your Layout has <r:title /> or <r:breadcrumbs />
invocations in it, you can assign these in your controller/view with
@title and @breadcrumbs respectively. You may also use content_for
:title/:breadcrumbs if you prefer.