CakePHP View Elements


In CakePHP, view elements are reusable chunks of view template code that can be included in multiple templates. View elements are useful for encapsulating common UI elements such as menus, footers, and sidebars.

Here’s an example of how to create and use a view element in CakePHP:

View element template (src/Template/Element/menu.php):

    <li><a href="/posts">Posts</a></li>
    <li><a href="/users">Users</a></li>

View template (src/Template/Posts/index.php):

<?= $this->element('menu') ?>

<!-- Display a list of posts here -->

In this example, the index view template includes the menu view element by calling the element helper function. This inserts the contents of the menu.php template into the view at the point where the element function is called.

For more information about view elements in CakePHP, you can refer to the documentation at