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I am trying to create my own navigation bars by creating the link in a static block then inserting the block into the left sidebar. You can see one of my pages here: http://hi-schoolworld.com/pharmacy The problem seems to be with the code in my local.xml file. If I have this tag: then nothing shows up but if I comment it out then the block displays twice... I can't think of anywhere else I would have referenced the block. I've uploaded a screenshot of what I'm talking about here: http://hi-schoolworld.com/example.jpg

Thank you in advance for your help!

  • could you post your entire local.xml please – Detzler Oct 24 '14 at 16:00
  • Too long to post the whole thing here...what other files could I look in? Is it possible that the block is rendering because of local.xml then again because of a different file like page.xml or something along those lines? – Melissa Byram Oct 24 '14 at 16:39
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create local.xml at app/design/frontend/yourpackage/yourtemplate/layout/

then you need call cms block from using xml

<default>
    <reference name="left">
        <block type="cms/block" name="somenameofcmsblok" >
            <!--
                The content of this block is taken from the database by its block_id.
                You can manage it in admin CMS -> Static Blocks
            -->
            <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>youblockcode</block_id></action>
        </block>
     </reference>
</default>

  • That would work if I wanted to use the same block site-wide but I want to use different blocks for each page... – Melissa Byram Oct 24 '14 at 16:27
  • I am using this code in the Layout Update XML section of each page: <reference name="left"> <block type="cms/block" name="left.permanent.callout"> <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>customNavBlock</block_id></action> </block> </reference> – Melissa Byram Oct 24 '14 at 16:28
  • Can I comment out left.permanent.callout tag and add a tag with a different name? If so...what code is needed? I'm thinking I could call the block in the Layout Update XML something else...like: <reference name="left"> <block type="cms/block" name="something.else"> – Melissa Byram Oct 24 '14 at 17:00
  • yes,use different name – Amit Bera Oct 24 '14 at 17:04
  • OK I went into catalog.xml and created this "<block type="core/template" name="left.nav.menu" template="callouts/left_col.phtml"></block>" then changed the name in my Layout Update XML to be left.nav.menu instead of left.permanent.callout and same problem....it must be rendering the block twice elsewhere...I'll keep searching – Melissa Byram Oct 24 '14 at 17:15
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I'm not sure how proper of an answer this is but here's the solution: I left in the local.xml file and changed all pages' Layout Update XML to reference (left.nav.menu) isn't listed in any .xml files as far as I can tell) and it works! The block is only displayed once.

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