I am making a custom home page for my magento website in a phtml file named home_banner.phtml, which in turn i have referenced in the CMS->Pages->Home Page content by the following code

{{block type="core/template" template="theme/home_banner.phtml"}}

In my home_banner.phtml I have called tags/popular.phtml to display the popular tags.

<div class="last-posts-grid clearfix">

     <?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('core/template')->setTemplate('tag/popular.phtml')->toHtml(); ?>


However the tags are not being displayed even though the anchor tag which says "view all tags" id getting called correctly. The ul class="tags-list" is also visible in the page source but the tags themselves are not visible. Any suggestions?

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you need change block type core/template to tag/popular

<?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('tag/popular')->setTemplate('tag/popular.phtml')->toHtml(); ?>


give a name of block

{{block type="core/template" template="theme/home_banner.phtml"  name="myname"}}


by using xml reference include tags/popular.phtml

create local.xml at app/design/frontend/youupackage/yourtemplate/layout

put this code

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<layout version="0.1.0">
    <cms_index_index translate="label">
      <reference name="myname">
            <block type="tag/popular" name="home_tags_popular" template="tag/popular.phtml"/>

and put below code at home_banner.phtml

echo $this->getChildHtml('home_tags_popular');
  • thanx amit....your 1st suggestion worked. Any idea where I can get the respective reference names of different magento elements. Like tags/popular is for displaying popular tags. What if I wanna include newsletter subscription forms, newest products, etc. What will I have to write instead of tag/popular then??? core/template does not work Commented Oct 5, 2014 at 13:11

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