when placing cms block in our website footer like thi with the code below. We see that the block id 'shopper_footer_links' is not picked up as a separate block. (when testing with template hints + Add add Block Names to Hints it is not shown). The only block name we see is html_footer (and not the blocks that reside within it).

I am asking because we use LEsti FPC and do not want to cache shopper_footer_links. But if it is not recognized as a block it cannot be cached/not-cached separately.

question: is there an easy way so Magento does see it as a separate block id? Or does this involve writing an extension (adding the html to something like footer_after)?

Many thanks, Sean

I tried these two methods. Same outcome.

    <?php echo $this->getBlockHtml('shopper_footer_links'); ?>

    <?php echo $this->getChildHtml('shopper_footer_links'); ?>

and in layout xml

    <reference name="footer">
    <block type="cms/block" name="shopper_footer_links" after="shopper_footer_links">
        <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>shopper_footer_links</block_id></action>
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    why do you calling your block twice in phtml file ? also I can see you didn't set as attribute for your block. add as="shopper_footer_links" for your block,then clear the cache and then load the page again Oct 29, 2014 at 9:55
  • The two calls were just to show that i tried both methods (will clarify). I will add the AS and see if it works
    – snh_nl
    Oct 29, 2014 at 10:35
  • Like this? <block type="cms/block" name="shopper_footer_partners" as="shopper_footer_partners" after="shopper_footer_links"> <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>shopper_footer_partners</block_id></action> </block>
    – snh_nl
    Oct 29, 2014 at 10:37
  • tested. no still does not work. Also I can see in template/block hints that it is not recognized as a block
    – snh_nl
    Oct 29, 2014 at 10:41
  • yes.. that is it Oct 29, 2014 at 10:41

1 Answer 1


this seems to fix it

both action and parameter name_in_layout seem necessary

    <reference name="footer">

    <block type="cms/block" name="shopper_footer_partners" name_in_layout="shopper_footer_partners">
        <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>shopper_footer_partners</block_id></action>
        <action method="setNameInLayout"><name_in_layout>shopper_footer_partners</name_in_layout></action>

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