Not looking to display form validation errors, but more global messages like "Hurry quick -- offer ends in 4 hours" or "Currently there are 3 users online".

The question is not about how to generate the messages, but how to best present them in a way that will work nicely in any (or at least most) themes.


You can use the Magento notification system. It should work anywhere anytime.


Mage::getSingleton(‘core/session’)->addNotice(‘Notice message’);


Mage::getSingleton(‘core/session’)->addSuccess(‘Success message’); 


Mage::getSingleton(‘core/session’)->addError(‘Error message’); 

Mage::getSingleton(‘adminhtml/session’)->addWarning(‘Warning message’); 

(Admin only)

If this is not what you are looking for but the block in charge of displaying these messages, you need the message block.

  • Thanks for this. Problem with the above is that the message sometimes isn't visible until the next click. Any way around that? – fris Jul 7 '15 at 8:27
  • Where are you setting the messages? If you set the message in a PHTML it will be shown on the next refresh, you should set it in a controller. – mbalparda Jul 7 '15 at 13:27
  • Not always possible to set all messages in the controller. I output them as they come up, e.g. when an error condition arises (like an Exception). – fris Jul 9 '15 at 8:28

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