im building a clone youtube site and the templates have smarty code every-time i try to add a style to it or even change the bg color of the template i get this error. could someone show me an example on what im supposed to do. and how it should look in the code.

here what i did

can you should me an example with the top code

the was in a style tag on the php page.

Now the login page in login.php i tried to put html code above it like so:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">
<html xmlns="">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Poetry Battles</title>
<script language="javaScript" src="main.php"></script> 
<style type="text/css">
#header {
	background-color: #0d0600;
#content {
	background-image: url(intro%20bg.png);
	background-repeat: no-repeat;
#footer {





thats when i got the error and had to take the style out. thats what happens when i try to modify any of the templates with a style i want my site to be a browish color

What is going on with these lines?






Doesn't really look right.
You have not closed the <style type="text/css"> or <!-- , you are missing a } to indicate that you have finished the styles for #footer and PHP is opened with <?php not >?php I also have no idea why you have a random then and info in there either...

that wasn't my actual code because when i got the error message i changed it back. it was just an example but in the code i did code the tags and i put the word then to just show you that after my html code i put my php script.

It might be helpful to post the actual code you used when you got the error.

If this code is in a default smarty template then the curly brackets (from the stylesheet) denote a template variable. Either change the curly brackets, use {literal} or put the CSS in a separate file. Note that using javascript in a smarty template has the same issue.

my bad !! okay this is the error
Fatal error: Smarty error: [in login.tpl line 3]: syntax error: unrecognized tag: font-family: Trebuchet MS; font-size: 14px; color: #996633; (Smarty_Compiler.class.php, line 455) in /home/poetryba/public_html/include/smarty/libs/Smarty.class.php on line 1092

this is my code

<style type="text/css">
body,td,th {
	font-family: Trebuchet MS;
	font-size: 14px;
	color: #996633;
body {
	background-color: #0d0600;
a:link {
	color: #996633;
a:visited {
	color: #996633;
a:hover {
	color: #00FFFF;
a:active {
	color: #996633;

{if $inactive_user eq '1'}

<div align="center">
     <a href="{$base_url}/resend_activation_mail.php">Resend activation e-mail</a>


<div id="login_box1">

    <div class="section bg2">
        <div class="hd">
            <div class="hd-l">
                Information of {$site_name}
        <div class="margin-1em">
            {literal}<h2>What is {$site_name}?</h2>                 
            <p>{$site_name} is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. With {$site_name} you can:</p>
                <li>Show off your favorite videos to the world</li>
                <li>Blog the videos you take with your digital camera or cell phone</li>
                <li>Securely and privately show videos to your friends and family around the world</li>
                <li>... and much, much more!</li>                
            <p class="signup"><a href="{$base_url}/signup/">Sign up Now</a> and open a new account.</p>
            <p>To learn more about our service, please see our <a href="{$base_url}/pages/help.html">Help</a> section.</p>

</div> <!-- login_box1 -->

<div id="login_box2">
    <div class="section bg2">
        <div class="hd">
            <div class="hd-l">
                  {$site_name} Log In
        <form method="post" action="{$base_url}/login/" id="login-form">
                <label for="user_name">User Name:</label>
                <input type="text" id="user_name" size="22" name="user_name" value="{$user_name}" />
                <label for="password">Password:</label>
                <input type="password" id="password" size="22" name="user_password" />

            <div class="forget-passsword">
                <a href="{$base_url}/recoverpass.php">Forgot your password?</a>
            <div class="submit">
                <input type="submit" value="Log In" name="action_login" />
                <input type="checkbox" name="autologin" />Remember
</div> <!--login_box2 -->


im trying to change the look of my login.tpl

they have all these special tags it will not let my make changes to the templates.

this is a youtube clone script that uses smarty tags.


this is the php script in the error line 455 is the red color
(Smarty_Compiler.class.php, line 455)

/* Split tag into two three parts: command, command modifiers and the arguments. */
        if(! preg_match('~^(?:(' . $this->_num_const_regexp . '|' . $this->_obj_call_regexp . '|' . $this->_var_regexp
                . '|\/?' . $this->_reg_obj_regexp . '|\/?' . $this->_func_regexp . ')(' . $this->_mod_regexp . '*))
                    ~xs', $template_tag, $match)) {
          line 455  $this->_syntax_error("unrecognized tag: $template_tag", E_USER_ERROR, __FILE__, __LINE__);
        $tag_command = $match[1];
        $tag_modifier = isset($match[2]) ? $match[2] : null;
        $tag_args = isset($match[3]) ? $match[3] : null;

        if (preg_match('~^' . $this->_num_const_regexp . '|' . $this->_obj_call_regexp . '|' . $this->_var_regexp . '$~', $tag_command)) {
            /* tag name is a variable or object */
            $_return = $this->_parse_var_props($tag_command . $tag_modifier);
            return "<?php echo $_return; ?>" . $this->_additional_newline;

        /* If the tag name is a registered object, we process it. */
        if (preg_match('~^\/?' . $this->_reg_obj_regexp . '$~', $tag_command)) {
            return $this->_compile_registered_object_tag($tag_command, $this->_parse_attrs($tag_args), $tag_modifier);

        switch ($tag_command) {
            case 'include':
                return $this->_compile_include_tag($tag_args);

            case 'include_php':
                return $this->_compile_include_php_tag($tag_args);

            case 'if':
                return $this->_compile_if_tag($tag_args);

            case 'else':
                list($_open_tag) = end($this->_tag_stack);
                if ($_open_tag != 'if' && $_open_tag != 'elseif')
                    $this->_syntax_error('unexpected {else}', E_USER_ERROR, __FILE__, __LINE__);
                return '<?php else: ?>';

            case 'elseif':
                list($_open_tag) = end($this->_tag_stack);
                if ($_open_tag != 'if' && $_open_tag != 'elseif')
                    $this->_syntax_error('unexpected {elseif}', E_USER_ERROR, __FILE__, __LINE__);
                if ($_open_tag == 'if')
                return $this->_compile_if_tag($tag_args, true);

            case '/if':
                return '<?php endif; ?>';

            case 'capture':
                return $this->_compile_capture_tag(true, $tag_args);

            case '/capture':
                return $this->_compile_capture_tag(false);

            case 'ldelim':
                return $this->left_delimiter;

            case 'rdelim':
                return $this->right_delimiter;

            case 'section':
                return $this->_compile_section_start($tag_args);

            case 'sectionelse':
                return "<?php endfor; else: ?>";

            case '/section':
                $_open_tag = $this->_pop_tag('section');
                if ($_open_tag == 'sectionelse')
                    return "<?php endif; ?>";
                    return "<?php endfor; endif; ?>";

            case 'foreach':
                return $this->_compile_foreach_start($tag_args);

            case 'foreachelse':
                return "<?php endforeach; else: ?>";

            case '/foreach':
                $_open_tag = $this->_pop_tag('foreach');
                if ($_open_tag == 'foreachelse')
                    return "<?php endif; unset(\$_from); ?>";
                    return "<?php endforeach; endif; unset(\$_from); ?>";

            case 'strip':
            case '/strip':
                if (substr($tag_command, 0, 1)=='/') {
                    if (--$this->_strip_depth==0) { /* outermost closing {/strip} */
                        $this->_additional_newline = "\n";
                        return '{' . $tag_command . '}';
                } else {
                    if ($this->_strip_depth++==0) { /* outermost opening {strip} */
                        $this->_additional_newline = "";
                        return '{' . $tag_command . '}';
                return '';

            case 'php':
                /* handle folded tags replaced by {php} */
                list(, $block) = each($this->_folded_blocks);
                $this->_current_line_no += substr_count($block[0], "\n");
                /* the number of matched elements in the regexp in _compile_file()
                   determins the type of folded tag that was found */
                switch (count($block)) {
                    case 2: /* comment */
                        return '';

                    case 3: /* literal */
                        return "<?php echo '" . strtr($block[2], array("'"=>"\'", "\\"=>"\\\\")) . "'; ?>" . $this->_additional_newline;

                    case 4: /* php */
                        if ($this->security && !$this->security_settings['PHP_TAGS']) {
                            $this->_syntax_error("(secure mode) php tags not permitted", E_USER_WARNING, __FILE__, __LINE__);
                        return '<?php ' . $block[3] .' ?>';

            case 'insert':
                return $this->_compile_insert_tag($tag_args);

                if ($this->_compile_compiler_tag($tag_command, $tag_args, $output)) {
                    return $output;
                } else if ($this->_compile_block_tag($tag_command, $tag_args, $tag_modifier, $output)) {
                    return $output;
                } else if ($this->_compile_custom_tag($tag_command, $tag_args, $tag_modifier, $output)) {
                    return $output;                    
                } else {
                    $this->_syntax_error("unrecognized tag '$tag_command'", E_USER_ERROR, __FILE__, __LINE__);

now is the last part of the error message
Smarty.class.php on line 1092
line 1092 in highlighted green

     * trigger Smarty error
     * @param string $error_msg
     * @param integer $error_type
    function trigger_error($error_msg, $error_type = E_USER_WARNING)
        trigger_error("Smarty error: $error_msg", $error_type);

Hi - put a {literal}before <script> tag and {/literal} after </script>
It should work then.
Reason for problem: in css u use {} curly braces for your styles, but the curly braces means a lot to our smarty might think thats a smarty tag....but no its our css code...hence we have to tell smarty that this code is not smarty code and it can just ignore it...

Hope this helps
Web Developer - Trainee

it finally worked . there is a css folder with about 7 different style sheets and i had to go in and change them with the {literal} code you gave me. thanks everyone for all your help i really appreciate.