I have a question about a specific product collection on a cms page

I have an amount X of products which have an attribute A which is set to true.

Now I want to have a cms page with some content and then have a number of X products on that page where the attribute is true.

I thought of creating a block and then in that block load the collection and then go through that collection until a certain number is reached


Then integrate that block in the cms page

{{block type="custom/list" name="custom_list" template="custom/list.phtml}}

But I want to show X number of products and in 6 columns and wonder how I would achieve this in that way?


  • Do you want to limit the collection size for only 5 products? – mbalparda Apr 6 '15 at 20:38
  • No I want to add a certain amount of products shown in 5 or 6 columns where for each product a certain attribute is true – Klettseb Apr 6 '15 at 20:39
  • So you want to limit the collection size of products for only X numbers where for each product a certain attribute is true? The question is if you know the number X. – mbalparda Apr 6 '15 at 20:42
  • I want let's say 72 products out of all my products and these products have all an attribute which I want to filter to be a specific value. These products I want to show in 6 columns so 12 rows. That's an example. Like the attribute would be visibility "4" – Klettseb Apr 6 '15 at 20:44

This can be done with a widget. You can set the widget in the admin panel on a CMS block or a CMS page.

Creating a Widget in Magento

We will need the following files:


Define Our Module

<?xml version="1.0"?>

Create a Config File:

<?xml version="1.0"?>

Create a Widget Config

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <thomas_widget_products type="thomas_widget/widget" translate="name description" module="thomas_widget">
        <name>List of Products</name>
        <description>A List of Products</description>
            <limit translate="label">
                <label>Number of Products</label>

Create a Helper

(For translation)

class Thomas_Widget_Helper_Data 
    extends Mage_Core_Helper_Abstract {


Create a Widget Block Class

class Thomas_Widget_Block_Widget
    extends Mage_Core_Block_Template
    implements Mage_Widget_Block_Interface {

     * Sets the template file
    protected function _construct() {

     * Sets the collection with the "limit" value we pass
    protected function _prepareLayout() {
        /** @var Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Product_Collection $collection */
        $collection = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->getCollection();

        $collection->addFieldToFilter( array(
                array( 'attribute' => 'is_set', 'eq' == 'true' )

        $limit = $this->getLimit(); // limit="5" from widget



Create Template File

/** @var Thomas_Widget_Block_Widget $block */
$block = $this;

$collection = $block->getCollection();

if($collection->getSize() > 0) {
    foreach($collection as $product) {
        // Do something with $product object here

Using The Widget

Now, you can go to your admin panel and set the widget directly:

Widget Menu

You can also set the widget directly with this:

{{widget type="thomas_widget/widget" limit="5"}}


This is a basic example. You can go crazy with widgets. You can even define the attribute to filter with!

I hope this helps. Good luck with your widget making!

  • I will give it a try tonight and see how I go. Thanks for all the effort – Klettseb Apr 8 '15 at 11:13
  • I did all the way you´ve written It but somehow I don´t see the widget in my backend. – Klettseb Apr 13 '15 at 11:32
  • Have you tried flushing your caches? Do you see your module showing up in System -> Configuration -> Advanced -> Advanced? Try ensuring your module is loading the correct components by breaking various configurations with developer mode enabled. – Ryan Street Apr 13 '15 at 14:46

According to this, there are several ways to limit the collection. One is

$collection = Mage::getModel('model')->getCollection();

You can also pass the number you want to the method from the CMS block call like this

{{block type="custom/list" product_limit="10" name="custom_list" template="custom/list.phtml}}

and retrieve it like this

$collection = Mage::getModel('model')->getCollection();
  • So can I create a .phtml file and just put that in and then call the block that way and what about the columns then? – Klettseb Apr 6 '15 at 20:54
  • I suggest you to copy a layout from the list.phtml or some layout you like. It might be offtopic if you ask another question regarding that since the columns are 100% CSS/HTML and not Magento specific. – mbalparda Apr 6 '15 at 20:56
  • Ok thanks for that. Just a last thing if I call it in a block don't I have to give a category id? Is it fine if the products are not from one category ? – Klettseb Apr 6 '15 at 20:59
  • Category acts as another filter, that is up to you. If you need products from a certain category you can filter the collection by category id, but it is not mandatory. Remember to mark the question as accepted if this is fixed. – mbalparda Apr 6 '15 at 21:00
  • Yeah that all works fine except the pager and everything is not getting it right. Like i can´t set the pager and everything right. I will update my question with some code tomorrow. – Klettseb Apr 7 '15 at 14:03

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