I'm using a category widget to generate a link to a category. However, the store code is appended to the URL. How do I prevent this.

{{widget type="catalog/category_widget_link" anchor_text="Mobile" title="Mobile" template="catalog/category/widget/link/link_inline.phtml" id_path="category/368"}}

And the URL which Magento generates:


Any help will be appreciated.


I didn't set Add store codes to Url in backend. Backend settings

  • Are you aware of the backend setting which appends store codes to the url?
    – pspahn
    Jan 13, 2015 at 8:10

2 Answers 2


This is pretty annoying as it tends to invalidate FPC implementations. We 'solved' this by rewriting Mage_Catalog_Block_Product_Widget_Link::getHref and removing the following section:

if(strpos($this->_href, "___store") === false){
    $symbol = (strpos($this->_href, "?") === false) ? "?" : "&";
    $this->_href = $this->_href . $symbol . "___store=" . $store->getCode();

I have an alternative solution that worked well too.

Copy app/code/core/Mage/Catalog/Block/Widget/Link.php to app/code/local/Mage/Catalog/Block/Widget/Link.php

Search for (line 91 in Magento 1.7.x / line 100 in Magento 1.9.x)

$this->_href = $this->_href . $symbol . "___store=" . $store->getCode();

And modify to

$this->_href = $this->_href;

Upload and save your changes and you'll now not have your widget (dynamically) inserted links getting appended with ?___store=default.

Credit: DesignHaven

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