In Laravel 5 (and later versions), you can nest layouts within layouts to create a hierarchical structure for your views. This feature allows you to build reusable and modular view components, making your code more organized and maintainable.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to nest layouts within layouts in Laravel 5:

Step 1: Create the Parent Layout First, create a parent layout, which will serve as the main template for your views. Typically, you'll define the basic HTML structure, common CSS, JavaScript references, and any shared content in this layout. Save this layout in the resources/views/layouts directory with a .blade.php extension. For example, let's call it app.blade.php:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>@yield('title', 'Default Title')</title> </head> <body> <header> <!-- Common header content here --> </header> <main> @yield('content') </main> <footer> <!-- Common footer content here --> </footer> </body> </html>

Step 2: Create Child Layouts Next, you can create child layouts that will extend the parent layout (app.blade.php). Child layouts may include additional sections or content specific to certain sections of your application. Save these layouts in the resources/views directory. For example, let's create a layout named dashboard.blade.php:

@extends('') @section('title', 'Dashboard') @section('content') <div> <!-- Dashboard-specific content here --> </div> @endsection

Step 3: Create Views Using Child Layouts Now, you can create views that use the child layout (dashboard.blade.php in this case). Save these views in the resources/views directory. For example, let's create a view named dashboard_view.blade.php:

@extends('layouts.dashboard') @section('content') <div> <!-- Content specific to the dashboard_view here --> </div> @endsection

Step 4: Render the Views Finally, you can render the views using Laravel's view() function or Blade's @include directive. For example, in your controller, you can return the dashboard_view:

public function showDashboard() { return view('dashboard_view'); }

Now, when you visit the URL that corresponds to the showDashboard method, Laravel will render the dashboard_view.blade.php view, which extends the dashboard.blade.php child layout, which, in turn, extends the app.blade.php parent layout.

This nesting approach allows you to build complex views by reusing common layouts and components, making your application's views more organized and easier to manage.

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