Drupal themes just ship with hardwired layouts. If users want to apply different layouts to different pages, the theme code needs to be modified. There are solutions working around this whole system by overriding the page rendering and swapping out built-in regions and blocks altogether.
We should support this use case much better by declaring layouts (and regions per layouts) explicitly within the theme. Then that should allow users to identify which layout to use per page and would need to shift blocks to relate to layouts instead of themes. The proposal is to:
- - Identify layouts from themes either via .info file properties or plugin definitions or .yml config files or an automatic tpl.php discovery mechanism. Possibly also make themes define regions for each layout (although we can probably assume the same regions across all layouts in a theme for now).
- - Demonstration of layout templates defined by modules and themes for user review.
- - Edit master layouts with global blocks
- - Introduce simple page creation feature with fixed path and block placement.