I already have a working accordion static block on my product page i want to use to display the description.

Currently the description is being shown in tabs above the image which is soon to be disabled/hidden. I need to use a SQL/PHP call to get the product description in plain text and I will use a Div to style it.

Currently I am using this in my static block:

{{block type="core/template" name="description" template="custom/description.phtml"}}

And that loads this file - which i pulled from my app/design/frontend/default/milano/catalog/product/view/description.phtml:

<div id="custom_description">
$_description = $this->getProduct()->getDescription();
$_name = $this->getProduct()->getName();
<?php if ($_description): ?>
    <!-- <h2><?php echo $this->__('Details') ?></h2> -->
    <div class="std">
        <?php echo $this->helper('catalog/output')->productAttribute($this->getProduct(), $_description, 'description') ?>
<?php endif; ?>

When I use this, it stops anything loading from that block down. I assume i'm calling too much or too little.

Any help is appreciated! CHEERS!

2 Answers 2


If you are in product page then you can get product object of your current product object. by registry variable

$_description = $productObject->getDescription();

current_product registry will give all the value of current product For check this goto

initProduct function of class Mage_Catalog_Helper_Product

 $product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')

 Mage::register('current_product', $product);
$_description = $productObject->getDescription();

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