I am working with the magento(1.9), i changed my home page design using the cms block see below the code.

<reference name="content">
    <block type="core/template" template="federallawyer/topmenu/home/page.phtml">
        <block type="fljob/jobs_list"  name="home_jobs_list"  template="federallawyer/fljob/jobs/home/list.phtml"/>

I can see that page.phtml is get used in my page, but not my custom home_jobs_list child block.

I called that child block in page.phtml like this.

  • do you have block (fljob/jobs_list.php) in your custom extension? Jun 22, 2015 at 5:23
  • yes i have it the mention block file in the job module
    – senthil
    Jun 23, 2015 at 4:02

3 Answers 3


Two things to note.

1. Make sure your custom block does exist.

As per your layout update, this is your custom block definition.

 <block type="fljob/jobs_list"  name="home_jobs_list"  template="federallawyer/fljob/jobs/home/list.phtml"/>

So in order to load this block, the block type fljob/jobs_list should be defined in your module. So your block should be somthing like this.

File : app/code/<your_moudule's_codePool>/Namespace/Module/Block/Jobs/List.php

class Namespace_Module_Block_Jobs_List extends Mage_Core_Block_Template

2. You should set an alias name for your custom block.

This is how an alias name is provide to your block.

<block type="fljob/jobs_list"  name="home_jobs_list"  as="jobs_list" template="federallawyer/fljob/jobs/home/list.phtml"/>

Alias name of block is what you should refer in page.phtml. So in the above case, since we are set an alias name jobs_list, this is how you can call your custom block inside page.phtml.

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

Last but not least, you should clear all cache and then load the page again. Miracle will happen. You have my word on it. :-)

  • i create a new module with the name of "fljob", then as per your answer i have everything (block and the corresponding .phtml file), but still the child html in not get load.
    – senthil
    Jun 22, 2015 at 13:12
  • show ur config.xml file Jun 22, 2015 at 14:19
<reference name="content">
   <block type="core/template" template="federallawyer/topmenu/home/page.phtml" name="home_jobs_list" />

And see here How do I add a block on the home page above the content, below the navigation on the home page only?


If you have your custom_block then in your layout xml file:

<reference name="content">
     <block type="fljob/jobs_list" name="home_jobs_list"  template="federallawyer/fljob/jobs/home/list.phtml"/>

I have removed federallawyer/topmenu/home/page.phtml assuming you can call all needed in your list.phtml.

If you don't have your custom block

To render your phtml file in cms page.

{{block type="core/template" template="federallawyer/fljob/jobs/home/list.phtml"}}

Your file must be as follow: frontend/your_theme_pack/theme_name/federallawyer/fljob/jobs/home/list.phtml

Here, you can only call any function found in Mage_Core_Block_Template.

If you are trying to call any other or custom functions inside your list.phtml file, then will need to create extension.

  • I have updated my answer, please check. Jun 23, 2015 at 4:06

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