I am a newbie in magento, it seems to be an easy question but i spend hours still cannot figure it out..

I installed the sample data for Magento1.9 (attached), the bottom blocks (title in blue color) "Company" and "Connect with us" are two static blocks. But i cannot figure out how they are placed there, neither the CMS-page or other CMS-block have mention them. And i checked all XML files, none of these static blocks are mentioned! Why? How can I modify, for example, put the "company" block after the "Connect with us" block?

Thanks a lot for anyone can help! image address the blocks location

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pakicle, Magento is manged block positioning using before and after tags xml file ...

first check what is before and after tags in layout xml

name : This is the name by which other blocks can make reference to the block in which this attribute is assigned .

before (and) after These are two ways to position a content block within a structural block. before="-" and after="-" are commands used to position the block accordingly at the very top or very bottom of a structural block.

As footer link are manged from below codes


    <block type="cms/block" name="cms_footer_links" >
        <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>footer_links_company</block_id></action>

Quick link:

     <block type="page/template_links" name="footer_links" as="footer_links" template="page/template/links.phtml">
            <action method="setTitle"><title>Quick Links</title></action>


        <block type="page/template_links" name="footer_links2" as="footer_links2" template="page/template/links.phtml">
            <action method="setTitle"><title>Account</title></action>

Connect with US:

    <block type="cms/block" name="cms_footer_links_sm" after="footer_links2">
        <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>footer_links_sm</block_id></action>

As you want footer link sort order

QuickLink>My Account>Connected with Us>Company

corresponding block id are footer_links>footer_links2>cms_footer_links_sm>cms_footer_links Now i can ordering these link blocks using tags. Connected with Us->cms_footer_links_sm Company > cms_footer_links

I have add before......tags as cms_footer_links footer_links2

        <block type="cms/block" name="cms_footer_links" after="footer_links2">
            <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>footer_links_company</block_id></action>

know more about layout: http://www.magentocommerce.com/design_guide/articles/intro-to-layouts


Company is the block with the handle footer_links_company and the connect with us is the block footer_links_sm.

The other parts are built on blocks with the name footer_links and footer_links2 via the layout xml.

<reference name="footer_links2">
    <action method="addLink" translate="label title" module="catalog"><label>My Account</label><url helper="customer/getAccountUrl" /><title>My Account</title></action>

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