I am trying to create a module for toggling visibility of a sort of welcome announcement or special features announcement banner at the top of the screen on a Magento site ( I want to be able to toggle the visibility / presence of this banner via a UI element in the backend.

I don't want to have to edit my static blocks (beyond set-up), nor have to have the store owner navigate the backend to disable / enable, beyond a menu item or similar simple UI. Does Magento have any built-in mechanism to allow for this sort of UI control?

Here's some code snippets:

In the CMS, I created a static block with title "Header Hello Block" and id "header_hello_block", which looks like this:

<div class="holder">
<div class="hellobar">Hello, world!</div>

and in my app/design/frontend/default/themename/layout/page.xml I've entered the following, just after the html_header:

        <block type="cms/block" name="header_hello_block" before="-">
            <action method="setBlockId">

According to this article, that's all I should need to do in order to see my block rendered. What am I missing?


You can use before_body_start block to add your static block

<reference name="after_body_start">
<block type="cms/block" name="unique-name"> 
      <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>your-static-block</block_id></action> 

Use this code in your local.XML file.

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  • before_body_start? are you sure about that? I cannot find that in any reference. – Jon Mitten Jul 17 '15 at 3:25
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    Check page.XML file and template/page/1column.phtml,2columns-left.phtml ,etc files. – MeenakshiSundaram R Jul 17 '15 at 3:33
  • I've done that, and updated my code above. Any hint as to why it's still not working? – Jon Mitten Jul 17 '15 at 4:36
  • Put your code in block name="before _body_start" – MeenakshiSundaram R Jul 17 '15 at 4:51
  • `<block type="page/html_header" name="header" as="header"> <block type="page/template_links" name="top.links" as="topLinks"/> <reference name="before_body_start"> <block type="cms/block" name="header_hello_block" before="-"> <action method="setBlockId"> <block_id>header_hello_block</block_id> </action> </block> </reference> This makes no difference. Do you mean "after_body_start"? I cannot find any "before" goo.gl/NzUNT4 – Jon Mitten Jul 17 '15 at 4:55

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