I have edited XML files to add an icon before the My Cart top-link. I made the icon a link as well, but I added a simple ....

I am looking to instead use Magento's variable that holds My Cart's URL in case my store's URL changes.

I am looking for something like this:

<a href="<?php $_myCartLink ?>">...</a>

with the correct My Cart Link variable.

Thank you!

$parentBlock->addLink($text, 'checkout/cart', $text, true, array(), 50, null, 'class="top-link-cart"', '<a href="<?php echo Mage::getUrl('checkout/cart');?>"><i class="icon-shopping-cart"></i> </a>');

The line you are looking for is

$parentBlock->addLink($text, 'checkout/cart', $text, true, array(), 50, null, 'class="top-link-cart"', '<a href="'.Mage::getUrl('checkout/cart').'"><i class="icon-shopping-cart"></i> </a>');

...I think

  • You have saved me three times today my friend! – Raphael Rafatpanah Apr 16 '13 at 22:07
  • What exactly does the '. and .' do? – Raphael Rafatpanah Apr 16 '13 at 22:08
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    The dot is used to concatenate strings. It's basic PHP. – Marius Apr 16 '13 at 22:09
  • I'm still very new to Object Oriented languages but I trying my best to learn as I go! Thanks for your help, today is turning out to be a great day! – Raphael Rafatpanah Apr 16 '13 at 22:21

To get a url from the frontend phtml file (which your example seems to be hinting at):

<?php echo Mage::getUrl('checkout/cart');?>

If you want to get the url from a controller use:


  • Please see my edit above for reference. I tried your first example in my local Links.php file but I get an error: unexpected T_STRING. Any ideas? – Raphael Rafatpanah Apr 16 '13 at 22:00
  • The problem is with the quotes! – Raphael Rafatpanah Apr 16 '13 at 22:03

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