On a fresh installation of Magento, it comes with several default CMS pages that you can edit in CMS > Pages. However, it also comes with a couple of "non-editable" CMS Pages: Orders and Returns and Contact Us... both of which are pages with forms on them, and highlights a shortcoming in Magento CE: creating and editing forms.

I have managed to override the default Contact Us with my own form, but I would like to add another form, and may need to add more forms in the future. I am somewhat familiar with creating Magento Modules to override existing functions and pages, as I've done thus far.

I have started working on a module that would enable the ability to create form pages in Magento, but they have to be invisible to the CMS management like the default forms are. I have found answers to programmatically creating a CMS page, but that adds it to Magento's CMS > Pages.

How do I create a CMS page that is only editable by a Magento Module?


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Actually 'Contact Us' and 'Orders and returns' are not CMS pages. They are actually pages from a separate module. They are more like the 'Login' or 'Register' page than like CMS pages. To create a page like this you can create a simple module with a controller, one block and one template. Let's call the extension Easylife_Customform. For this you will need the following files.
app/etc/modules/Easylife_Customform.xml - module declaration file

<?xml version="1.0"?>

app/code/local/Easylife/Customform/etc/config.xml - config file

<?xml version="1.0"?>
            <customform><!-- block alias -->
            <customform><!-- helper alias -->
                    <frontName>customform</frontName><!-- url key for module -->
                    <file>easylife_customform.xml</file><!-- frontend layout file -->
                        <default>Easylife_Customform.csv</default><!-- translation file (not mandatory) -->

app/design/frontend/base/default/layout/easylife_customform.xml - frontend layout file

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <customform_index_index translate="label" module="customform">
        <label>Custom form</label>
        <reference name="root">
            <action method="setTemplate"><template>page/2columns-right.phtml</template></action><!-- can be different -->
        <reference name="content">
            <block type="core/template" name="customform" template="easylife_customform/form.phtml" /><!-- content of page -->

app/code/local/Easylife/Customform/Helper/Data.php - default module helper

class Easylife_Customform_Helper_Data extends Mage_Core_Helper_Abstract{

app/design/frontend/base/default/template/easylife_customform/form.phtml - the actual html for the form - make this look like you need

<form action="<?php echo $this->getUrl('customform/index/send')?>">
    <input type="text" name="name" />
    <input type="submit" />

app/code/local/Easylife/Customform/controllers/IndexController.php - the module controller

class Easylife_Customform_IndexController extends Mage_Core_Controller_Front_Action{
    public function indexAction(){ //this will display the form
        $this->_initLayoutMessages('core/session'); //this will allow flash messages
    public function sendAction(){ //handles the form submit
        $post = $this->getRequest()->getPost();
        //do something with the posted data
        Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->addSuccess($this->__('Your message was sent'));//add success message.
        $this->_redirect('*/*');//will redirect to form page

This should be it. Clear the cache and you should be able to access the form at mysite.com/customform
I hope I wrote the code correctly and didn't miss something

  • 2
    you really went the extra mile on this answer. +1
    – philwinkle
    Apr 22, 2013 at 4:29
  • @philwinkle: is that good or bad? :)
    – Marius
    Apr 22, 2013 at 14:29
  • Really great guide Marius, thank you! I am trying to set a page title, the <label> in my layout xml is being ignored and this <reference name="head"> <action method="setTitle" translate="title"><title>Subscribe to our Newsletter</title></action> </reference> won't work.
    – loeffel
    Jun 22, 2015 at 14:35
  • @loeffel. Maybe you have something else that overrides the title. In theory the code should work.
    – Marius
    Jun 22, 2015 at 14:37
  • @Marius This is very handy, but how can we add Error Messages? I tried adding Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->addError("Error"); but no luck. Its only showing success message. Any help? May 12, 2016 at 15:31

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