I try put in CMS homepage, a layered navigation, the block is called but don't show any options.

in update xml i have:

 <reference name="root">
    <action method="setTemplate"><template>page/2columns-left.phtml</template></action>
<reference name="content">
    <block type="catalog/layer_view" name="catalog.leftnav.home" after="-" template="catalog/layer/homeview.phtml">
        <action method="setData"><name>category_id</name><value>2</value>



    <?php if($this->canShowBlock()): ?>
    <?php echo $this->getStateHtml() ?>

        <?php if ($this->getLayer()->getState()->getFilters()): ?>
            <div><a href="<?php echo $this->getClearUrl() ?>"><?php  echo $this->__('Clear All') ?></a></div>
        <?php endif; ?>

        <?php if($this->canShowOptions()): ?>

            <nav class="panel-filters">
                <?php $_filters = $this->getFilters() ?>

                <?php foreach ($_filters as $_filter): ?>

                    <?php if($_filter->getItemsCount()): ?>

                        <h3><?php echo $this->__($_filter->getName()) ?></h3>
                        <?php echo $_filter->getHtml() ?>

                    <?php endif; ?>

                <?php endforeach; ?>

         <script type="text/javascript">decorateDataList('narrow-by-list')</script>

    <?php endif; ?>

<?php endif; ?>

The block don't show anything after $this>canShowBlock(). How i do it?

  • Did the below answer help you? If so can you accept it as the solution?
    – philwinkle
    May 10, 2016 at 20:22

1 Answer 1


In the 'Layout Update XML' , if you use this code given below, it will show the layer navigation.

I'm not sure what is the purpose behind this requirement, because layer navigation will show options only for a category and if you click any filter link, it will add parameters to the the Home page URL.

<reference name="content">
<block category_id="3" type="catalog/layer_view" name="catalog.leftnav" after="currency" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml">
   <block type="core/text_list" name="catalog.leftnav.state.renderers" as="state_renderers" />
  • See how it is: i.imgur.com/cEi698d.png Apr 22, 2015 at 16:07
  • Ensure you have passed the category_id parameter for the category for which you'd like to show this layer navigation and ensure you have set Is_Anchor-> Yes for that category in the CMS
    – vithyalega
    Apr 22, 2015 at 16:38
  • Yes, i changed the category id and i checked if the is_anchor -> yes, but does not have effect Apr 22, 2015 at 17:03
  • This works only if you have the RWD theme setup. If the not, try this: <reference name="content"> <block type="catalog/layer_view" name="catalog.leftnav" after="currency" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml"/> </reference>
    – vithyalega
    Apr 23, 2015 at 13:42

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