I'm trying to follow this article by Marius so that I can use {{block}} calls in a product description, as many of our products have the same detailed product description, with some minor capacity variations:


I don't have enough experience to know if I'm editing the correct files.

I pulled info from here:


and here:


So far I did this...

Created /app/etc/HEKA.xml (just made the name up)

with content:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

Then I created /app/code/local/HEKA/Catalog/etc/config.xml, including the folder structure HEKA/Catalog/etc/ (again making up the HEKA bit...)


<?xml version="1.0"?>


Then I created /app/code/local/HEKA/Catalog/Model/Product.php with the content:

class HEKA_Catalog_Model_Product extends Mage_Catalog_Model_Product
function getDescription(){
$processor = Mage::getModel('core/email_template_filter');
$html = $processor->filter($this->getData('description'));
return $html;

I then added a static block with ID standard_series_general_description

Then added this to a product description

{{block type="cms/block" block_id="standard_series_general_description"}}

Unfortunately I must have got something wrong as the text "{{block type="cms/block" block_id="standard_series_general_description"}}" just appears in the product description.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. I'm fairly certain there are some basic errors in what I've done but I'm struggling to figure out what, despite much time on google! thanks, Giles

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OK, so I have no idea why but this suddenly started working, and the block is appearing on my page! Hopefully this rather long-winded description above will be helpful to someone else...

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