The Backyard framework brings support for the Twig template engine. For a more detailed presentation of the Twig engine, please check the official documentation.

In this documentation, you'll find the basics on how to get started with the Twig engine for your WordPress plugin. For more advanced topics regarding Twig, please refer to the official documentation.

Add the service provider

From your plugin's entry file, use the addServiceProvider() method of the Plugin class to register the Twig service provider.

$myPlugin->addServiceProvider( Backyard\Twig\TwigServiceProvider::class );

Setup the configuration file

Create a configuration file into your configuration files folder and specify the folder where your views are stored.


$config = [
    'views_path' => 'views',

views_path config is the path relative to your custom plugin's directory, without the leading and trailing slashes. Example: wp-content/plugins/my-plugin/views.

Cache folder creation & removal

All views are compiled and cached until they are modified.

Once you've registered the service provider, the Plugin class has access to the: createTwigCacheFolder() and deleteTwigCacheFolder() methods. It's recommended that you create the cache folder on plugin's activation and delete it during the uninstall process.

The createTwigCacheFolder() method

The method creates the cache folder under the site's wp-content/upload folder. The folder's name uses the name of your plugin's folder followed by -twig-cache.

The deleteTwigCacheFolder() method

The method deletes the folder previously created.

Plugin activation example
    function() use ( $myPlugin ) {

How it works

The Plugin class now provides a new twig() method which returns an instance of the Twig\Environment class. You can use the method to render views and much more.

Refer to the the official documentation for more information.

Example view render

File: wp-content/plugins/my-plugin/views/basic.twig

hello {{$name}}

Somewhere in your plugin:

$myPlugin->twig()->render( 'basic.twig', [ 'name' => 'John Doe' ] );

Access to the filesystem loader

In some cases you may want to access the Twig FilesystemLoader class. You can call the loader through the plugin's container.

$loader = $myPlugin->get( 'twig.loader' );

Using extensions

Twig extensions are packages that add new features to Twig. Register an extension via the addExtension method of the Twig Environment class.

You may access the Twig Environment in the following ways:

$twig = $myPlugin->twig();


$twig = $myPlugin->get( 'twig' );