I want to execute some custom PHP code in a static CMS block. I want to do this by having a block of type core/template loading a template containing the PHP code. I have created the block and can do a "Hello, world" echo, however I can't access $this.

The code I use in the static CMS block to include the template with the PHP code is: {{block type="core/template" template="module/template.phtml"}}. core/template has been whitelisted.

Anyone has a clue why I can't use $this? Thanks in advance.

EDIT: This is the template content.

  $_product = Mage::registry('current_product')->getName();
  $this->helper('yotpo')->showWidget($this, $_product);
<div id="yotpo-placeholder"></div>

EDIT: I ended up fixing this by declaring the block in my themes' local.xml, instead of using a static CMS block.

  • you added code in template.phtml ? can you show your code here ? – Dharmesh Jul 7 '17 at 10:47
  • theoretically you can use $this in templates. It is actually used everywhere in the core. $this references the block instance, in your case Mage_Core_Block_Template. Please add the template content so we can see what's wrong. – Marius Jul 7 '17 at 10:52
  • I've added the template content. – mlippie Jul 7 '17 at 10:54

Please replace your code with below

{{block type="core/template" template="module/template.php"}}


{{block type="core/template" template="module/template.phtml"}}
  • Thanks, but it was a typo in my question. I was using phtml. Updated my question. – mlippie Jul 7 '17 at 10:40

You will need to declare block class inside your block directives such as

{{block type="my/module" template="module/template.phtml"}}

instead of

{{block type="core/template" template="module/template.phtml"}}

In your case, $this is instance of Mage_Core_Block_Template and unable to call any methods from your block class.

Hope it helps.

  • I'm pretty sure it should work with core/template as well. Maurius explains this as well in his comment on my post. – mlippie Jul 7 '17 at 11:17

you need to show your static block in Product page, please make below changes

call static block in product page

<?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('your-static-block-id')->toHtml(); ?>

Modify your module/template.phtml

  $_product = Mage::registry('current_product');
  $this->helper('yotpo')->showWidget($this, $_product);
<div id="yotpo-placeholder"></div>

I hope this will work for you. Replace template.php with template.phtml


you need change block type core/template to module/model.

  • Thanks, but it was a typo in my question. I was using phtml. Updated my question. – mlippie Jul 7 '17 at 10:49
  • I have edited my answer. – BornCoder Jul 7 '17 at 12:36

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