I have a new job where I strictly work on Magento everyday now. I have no prior experience with Magento so it's been a challenge to say the least so far!
Let me explain briefly the extension we are building.
It will allow us to show a Popup/Modal window. The Modal's HTML content will be stored in
So the Admin panel consist of a new Tab under
The admin panel allows you to select in a drop down list on that NEW TAB PAGE the default
Static Block to use for these sections...
HOME PAGE or
HOME PAGE w/Items in Shopping Cart
ALL CATEGORY PAGES or
ALL CATEGORY PAGES w/Items in Shopping Cart
ALL PRODUCTS PAGES or
ALL PRODUCTS PAGES w/Items in Shopping Cart
ALL CMS PAGES or
ALL CMS PAGES w/Items in Shopping Cart
SHOPPING CART PAGE or
SHOPPING CART PAGE w/Items in Shopping Cart
Next the actual CMS, CATEGORY, and PRODUCT pages all allow the same settings that the Admin Panel page has, except they allow you to set a
STATIC BLOCK on a per-item basis and over-ride the default setting that we had in the admin settings above.
So far we have the admin side of the extension done. We have all the admin tabs for each section... product, category, CMS, and Configuration page.
Next step will be to add on to the same extension and make a
Static Block insert into the page. This
Static Block will be responsible for... Showing the correct
Static Block on each page based on the settings that were set in the above mentioned areas.....
- Determining the page we are on, and the page type (cms, product, home, category)
- It will then have to read all the custom settings that were set in the above mentioned areas.
- If it is determined we are on a
Categorypage, we will then have to get the actual specifiv Category we are on. For example
Category 3. We will then see if there is a specific setting for that specific category. If it says
Enabledwe will then look for which
Static Blockis saved for that category and show it in our main
Static Blockon the page!
- If the above Specific Category is set as
Modal Windowthen we will look higher up in the more global settings for the Modal and see if a Modal is Enabled for all categories. If yes, then we will see which
Static Blockis set to be shown to all categories.
- In addition to all this, it will do this process for each of out main page types (product, categories, cms, home, cart)
- We will also have to check if the shopping cart is empty or not. IF not empty...then we will have to take that into consideration above when wqe are checking which
Static Blockto show for that page as each setting allows for a
Static Blockto be set for empty cart and 1 for not empty cart! (I know this is a massive hard and large undertaking but we have the admin side done mostly. Just need to do the part that takes all those into account in determining which
Static Blockto show on which particular page.
So to get me in the right direction I have a couple of smaller questions...
- How can I inside my
Static Blockcode (the PHP part) determine which TYPE of PAGE I am on. Like I mentioned I need to know if I am on.... HOME PAGE, a CMS PAGE, a CATEGORY PAGE, a PRODUCT PAGE, or the SHOPPING CART PAGE ?
- In addition to the PAGE TYPE I need to get the actual page. So if I am on Product id 1234 then I need to be able to get the setting (static block set for that page) for that particular page.
I know this has been a long and possibly confusing post. If you made it this far, thank you for taking your time to read this =)
If you can assist with my question, each little chunk will get me closer to the end goal
Below is a Flow chart I made of how my module will need to work to determine which static block to insert into the page