I’m trying to set up a static block for my categories. I created a phtml file, then linked this file to the static block I created:

{{block type="catalog/navigation" template="catalog/navigation/sub_navigation.phtml"}}

Then I went the Cataglog->Manage Categories and selected"Static Block Only” under Display Setting->Display mode. I selected the static block I just created.

However, when I navigate to that category on my site, it just displays the regular category view (the layout I created under template->category->view.phtml in my template folder).

Any idea what I’m doing wrong here? I tried re-indexing everything, to no avail.

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First test with anything else, remove the {{block}} from the CMS block and write something in it, does it work?

If no

then you have a problem with the view of ANY block. Check your app/design/frontend/<base>/<default>/template/catalog/category/view.phtml for this entry:

<?php if($this->isContentMode()): ?>
    <?php echo $this->getCmsBlockHtml() ?>

<?php elseif($this->isMixedMode()): ?>
    <?php echo $this->getCmsBlockHtml() ?>
    <?php echo $this->getProductListHtml() ?>

<?php else: ?>
    <?php echo $this->getProductListHtml() ?>
<?php endif; ?>

If yes

Something with your block is wrong or with the template. Check the template and the system.log for errors

  • Thank you! With your help, I've made some progress. I added your code in my view.phtml file. Now, instead of the category list, I get a blank page (save for the title). When I specify a DIFFERENT static block (just some footer links), it works (displays the footer links). When I replace all of the php code in the sub_navigation.phtml file with just a "hey there", it still doesn't display it (which makes me think there's something wrong with the specified path to file, rather than the file itself). I will continue to research. Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 15:52
  • Ah -- I had to delete the "name" attribute I had added to the {{block... code (when I was trying out different tactics to get it to work). It's working now...thanks! Commented Mar 18, 2014 at 16:02

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