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Is there a way to insert the current data in Magento CMS as variable, widget, or any other method aside from including a .phtml file with php echo of date().?

Right now what I did is include a .phtml files with this contents:

<?php
echo "Today is " . date("Y/m/d") . "<br>";
?>

But is there any better or proper way? Like {{datetoday}} or something. Just like when I'm including a URL, I just type the variable {{store url}}

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You can do this with a custom block. Create it once and you can reuse it everywhere.

Create a module with the following config.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config>
    <modules>
        <YourCompany_YourModule>
            <version>0.0.1</version>
        </YourCompany_YourModule>
    </modules>
    <global>
        <blocks>
            <currentdate>
                <class>Mage_Catalog_Block</class>
            </currentdate>
        </blocks>
    </global>
</config>

Install this block: in File app/code/local/YourCompany/YourModule/Block/Datetoday.php:

<?php

class YourCompany_YourModule_Block_Datetoday extends Mage_Core_Block_Text
{
    protected function _toHtml()
    {
        $date = Mage::getModel('core/date')->date('m-d-Y H:i:s');
        $this->setText($date);

        return parent::_toHtml();
    }
}

How to use

Now in your CMS pages or in a static block all you have to do is use the following short tag:

{{block type="currentdate/datetoday"}}
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  • Tried it but it didn't work. Hmmm. Maybe I missed something. Is {{block type="currentdate/datetoday"}} the proper way to call the module? Even if it's not declared anywhere in the Module Block? O_O
    – jehzlau
    Sep 13 '14 at 15:38
  • I tried to clear my cache and it's just blank. Do I need to create more files? I'm pretty sure I'm missing something I just don't know what it is. haha :D I only create config.xml and put it inside etc folder together with the Block folder of my custom module. Then I added {{block type="currentdate/datetoday"}} in a CMS page. But nothing appear. O_O
    – jehzlau
    Sep 13 '14 at 15:46
  • It worked for me but perhaps I missed something. I'll try again and report back!
    – philwinkle
    Sep 13 '14 at 16:04
  • Thanks philwinkle. Maybe there are files that you have that I don't. O__O
    – jehzlau
    Sep 15 '14 at 19:22
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Okay there are a few things missing in phil's answer:

  1. You also need a module XML file in app/etc/modules/ with the name YourCompany_YourModule.xml

    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <config>
        <modules>
            <YourCompany_YourModule>
                <active>true</active>
                <codePool>local</codePool>
            </YourCompany_YourModule>
        </modules>
    </config>
    
  2. The second half of the config.xml had an error (block class name):

    <?xml version="1.0"?> 
    <config>
        <modules>
            <YourCompany_YourModule>
                <version>0.0.1</version>
            </YourCompany_YourModule>
        </modules>
        <global>
            <blocks>
                <currentdate>
                    <class>YourCompany_YourModule_Block</class>
                </currentdate>
            </blocks>
        </global>
    

  3. Lastly I found at least that the actual PHP block with the parent::_tohtml() part had a problem (checking the core code shows a check against a beforetoHTML() returning blank so I commented out the call to parent and replaced with the getText() and it all worked.

    class YourCompany_YourModule_Block_Datetoday extends Mage_Core_Block_Text
    {
      protected function _toHtml()
      {
        $date = Mage::getModel('core/date')->date('m-d-Y H:i:s');
        $this->setText($date);
    
        return $this->getText();
        //parent::_toHtml();
      }
    }
    
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All previous answers were incomplete. Here are the complete steps.

Create the following file at app/code/local/YourCompany/YourModule/etc/config.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config>
    <modules>
        <YourCompany_YourModule>
            <version>0.0.1</version>
        </YourCompany_YourModule>
    </modules>
    <global>
        <blocks>
            <currentdate>
                <class>YourCompany_YourModule_Block</class>
            </currentdate>
        </blocks>
    </global>
</config>

Create the following file at app/code/local/YourCompany/YourModule/Block/Datetoday.php

<?php

class YourCompany_YourModule_Block_Datetoday extends Mage_Core_Block_Text
{
    protected function _toHtml()
    {
        $date = Mage::getModel('core/date')->date('m-d-Y H:i:s');
        $this->setText($date);
        return $this->getText();
    }
}

Create this file at app/etc/modules/YourCompany_YourModule.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config>
    <modules>
        <YourCompany_YourModule>
            <active>true</active>
            <codePool>local</codePool>
        </YourCompany_YourModule>
    </modules>
</config>

Add a permission for the block YourModule/datetoday in the admin panel.

Perform a cache refresh.

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