Can I include a template into the xml for designing a specific static block? This would enable a non technical user to create a static block in the admin, without having to add a into the html part of the admin/cms editor? So in the template there would just be the html markup for the part ? Is that possible?

<?xml version="1.0"?> 
<page xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:View/Layout/etc/page_configuration.xsd">
<referenceContainer name="content">
        <block name="cms.block1" before="-" class="Magento\Cms\Block\Block" cacheable="true">
                <argument name="block_id" xsi:type="string">cms_block_1</argument>

      <block name="cms.block2" after="cms.block1" class="Magento\Cms\Block\Block" cacheable="true">
                <argument name="block_id" xsi:type="string">cms_block_2</argument>

This is my xml which handles the static blocks on the homepage. Now I added the manually into the static blocks.

So how to call a .phtml file? And how would that file look like?

Can I just have:

<div class=""></div> in that file or 
do i need something like: <div class="">cms_block_1</div> ?

You'll create a template file in the concerned Module in your custom theme. Let's say you want to add a CMS block cms_block_1 to home page you'll create a template mytemplate.phtml under <theme>/Magento_CMS/templates directory with following:

<div class="my-class">
<?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('Magento\Cms\Block\Block')->setBlockId('cms_block_1')->toHtml(); ?>

Now in <theme>/Magento_CMS/layout/cms_index_index.xml file add

<referenceContainer name="content">
<block  class="Magento\Framework\View\Element\Template" name="my.block1" template="Magento_Cms::mytemplate.phtml" before="-" />
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  • Tried that and its giving me this output in the frontend: code echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('Magento\Cms\Block\Block')->setBlockId('cms_block_1')->toHtml(); – mr_typo3 Nov 9 '16 at 10:06
  • PHP tags were missing, see my edit above! – Devtype Nov 9 '16 at 10:16
  • I already added them myself. But still getting the output? Will try again and remove all cached files before (not only the pub/static). – mr_typo3 Nov 9 '16 at 10:20
  • Ok it works. Do I need to have a separate template for every cms-block or can I combine lets say block_1 block_2 into that one file? To get it working with the xml as in my question above? So It will have: code <div class="my-class"> <?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('Magento\Cms\Block\Block')->setBlockId('cms_block_1')->toHtml(); ?> </div> and code <div class="my-other_class"> <?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('Magento\Cms\Block\Block')->setBlockId('cms_block_2')->toHtml(); ?> </div> – mr_typo3 Nov 9 '16 at 10:31
  • Awesome, you can add as many cms blocks as you need and your code seems to be correct :) – Devtype Nov 9 '16 at 10:36

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