How do you edit the default footer links that Magento applies? Orders and Returns, Search term?

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I think the links you mean are the following folder


The Order and Return link is in layout/sales.xml

<reference name="footer_links">
   <block type="sales/guest_links" name="return_link"/>
     <action method="addLinkBlock"><blockName>return_link</blockName></action>

The Sitemap link you can find here:layout/catalog.xml

<reference name="footer_links">
    <action method="addLink" translate="label title" module="catalog" ifconfig="catalog/seo/site_map"><label>Site Map</label><url helper="catalog/map/getCategoryUrl" /><title>Site Map</title></action>

The Search terms link you can find here: layout/catalogsearch.xml

<reference name="footer_links">
    <action method="addLink" translate="label title" module="catalogsearch" ifconfig="catalog/seo/search_terms">
        <label>Search Terms</label>
        <url helper="catalogsearch/getSearchTermUrl" />
        <title>Search Terms</title>
    <action method="addLink" translate="label title" module="catalogsearch">
        <label>Advanced Search</label>
        <url helper="catalogsearch/getAdvancedSearchUrl" />
        <title>Advanced Search</title>

The contacts link in: layout/contacts.xml

<reference name="footer_links">
        <action method="addLink" translate="label title" module="contacts" ifconfig="contacts/contacts/enabled"><label>Contact Us</label><url>contacts</url><title>Contact Us</title><prepare>true</prepare></action>

Just comment the ones out you want to remove. If you want to remove all of them and just add your static cms block "footer_links" then you will need to copy this file /app/code/core/Mage/Page/Block/Template/Links.php to your local files and comment the following piece of code out

  • You are welcome :-)
    – seb
    Jul 5, 2016 at 6:21
  • How it can be removed from local.xml? Sep 7, 2018 at 10:57

You are probably looking the footer block. Go to CMS - Static blocks and search "footer". From there you should be able to edit the footer links.

  • yeah I've tried that non of the blocks link to the group of links I want to edit, Jul 4, 2016 at 15:21
  • That is quite uncommon, are you using the default Magento theme? Can you add a screenshot with the links you want to remove?
    – mbalparda
    Jul 4, 2016 at 15:23
  • Then you need to find this in your theme file. Are you using Default theme? If so it should be blank/default. Go here: app/design/frontend/base/default/template/page/html/footer.phtml and see if that works for you. The page directory listed will point you to your layout XML file and PHP (.phtml)
    – camdixon
    Jul 4, 2016 at 15:27

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