In layout.xml you can define children like this

<block...><block... /></block>

Is the same possible if I add a block in a static block? I only know this notation:

{{block type="cms/block" block_id="your_block_id"}}

Background: I try to build a frame with the parent block that can use one ore more children.

Tricky: The parent and the children have multiple parameters to manage the template.


No, the template directives in the CMS are not as flexible as the layout XML, the {{block}} creates a block and renders it immediately, which makes it impossible to create a hierarchy of multiple blocks with it. Also, with the parameters you can set data, but not call methods, so inserting existing blocks as child block is also not possible.

So what can you do instead?

Create a custom block type which creates its own children. If you need to different children in different static blocks, you can control it by parameters.



class Stack_Cms_Block_Child extends Mage_Core_Block_Template

class Stack_Cms_Block_Wrapper extends Mage_Core_Block_Template
    protected function _construct()
        if ($this->getData('make_child')) {
            $child = $this->getLayout()->createBlock('stack_cms/child');
            $child->setData('something', $this->getData('child_something');


{{block type="stack_cms/wrapper" make_child="true" child_something="42"}}
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    Why can't you use A CMS page's Layout Update XML? – stephen Oct 24 '16 at 14:10
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    The question was about CMS blocks which can be included anywhere, not just on CMS pages. But even on CMS pages, there is no way to define child blocks in the XML and then display them within the content. – Fabian Schmengler Oct 24 '16 at 14:29

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