I would like to put a full-width block just before my footer on my search results page (<catalogsearch_result_index>) using my local.xml file, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it.

I have a block I made as a core/template type that is working on other pages. It is a carousel with products in it. When I add it to the search results page, it shows up on the right side, not taking up the full width because it is a 2columns-left page.

I could add the block inside the footer itself at the top (which I have also had trouble accomplishing), but this would not be ideal since the background color for the footer differs from the block.

So, do you know of any way I can accomplish what I am trying to do?

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


If you edit


And just after the left column you add

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

Then in your local.xml

    <reference name="root">
     <block type="core/template" name="full_width" as="full_width" template="path/to/template.phtml" />

Where template="path/to/template.phtml" is the path to your template file. For instance if you added the template to the same folder as the 2columns-left.phtml then the template value would be template="page/full_width_static_block.phtml"

  • Thank you for your reply. I used the exact code you gave me and made a file called full_width_static_block.phtml and put the word "test" in it. The div is showing up, but the word "test" is not there. Any ideas what I might have done wrong? Thank you.
    – b_d_m_p
    Nov 17, 2014 at 3:51
  • By cms static block I meant the static blocks configured in the backend. Will update my answer to use the template file (.phtml) Nov 17, 2014 at 4:10
  • I forgot to include the reference node to so that the block is added as a child of the root block in your local.xml Nov 17, 2014 at 4:24
  • I see. Thanks so much. I got it working with your second answer. Out of curiosity, why would someone use the static blocks configured in the backend? I found editing in the backend very annoying, so I made core/template type phtml files and call them in. Do the static blocks configured in the back end have some kind of advantage?
    – b_d_m_p
    Nov 17, 2014 at 4:29
  • No advantage other that it's being able to edit in the admin pannel. Someone who isn't a programer or doesn't know Magento can update these without to much trouble or breaking things. Nov 17, 2014 at 4:33

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