I'm currently displaying a block that has a custom attribute for simple products. But, I don't want to display it for grouped products, only for simple products.

In Manage Products > Custom Attribute I set everything to be blank for just that attribute. I would like Magento to not show the custom attribute tab if the setting is blank or 0.

Perhaps it could be an If statement and hook a display none tag to it? Here is the line I'm looking at that might be useful

<?php if ($attributeValue === 'No' || strpos($_data['code'], '(dv)')) continue; ?>

Thanks in advance!

2 Answers 2


You can try something like this:

if (!$product->getAttributeText('attribute_name') ||
    $product->getAttributeText('attribute_name') == Mage::helper('catalog')->__('No')
) {

The layout file catalog.xml provides you with custom handles for every type of product type.

The one you're looking for is PRODUCT_TYPE_simple. This should allow you to do something like

   <reference name="product.info">
      <block type="yourcustom/block" name="custom_attributes" template="yourcustom/block.phtml"/>

and call that block from the catalog/product/view.phtml or where ever you want to call it from.

  • great I think this is the way to go, how can I call the block now once I've added it in the catalog.xml?
    – diz0pe
    Sep 30, 2013 at 20:40
  • you can call the block by adding echo $this->getChildHtml('custom_attributes'); in the reference block
    – Sander Mangel
    Sep 30, 2013 at 21:02
  • Still no luck. I added this to catalog.xml <PRODUCT_TYPE_simple> <reference name="product.info"> <block type="catalog/product_view_type_simple" name="custom_attributes" template="catalog/product/view/type/simple.phtml"/> </reference> </PRODUCT_TYPE_simple> and then called teh block with the getChildHtml on the catalog.phtml
    – diz0pe
    Sep 30, 2013 at 21:15
  • I'm not familiar with that phtml but find the <block> tag that uses that file as as a template and then use it's name as the name for the <reference> block
    – Sander Mangel
    Sep 30, 2013 at 21:20
  • this is from the default layout... all I did was change default.phtml to simple.phtml
    – diz0pe
    Sep 30, 2013 at 21:46

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