Last night my backend was auto updated to release.
Today all my static block on CMS pages have disappeared.
They wereconfigured for all store views and I tried each of the views and they are not showing up.
However, I also use static blocks on category pages, but that is showing up fine.
Anyone else experiencing this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • After some investigation, it boiled down to this: I was including static blocks using {{block type="cms/block" block_id="made_in_the_usa_block"}} But it seems now I need to do this {{widget type="cms/widget_block" template="cms/widget/static_block/default.phtml" block_id="93"}} to make the block show up - why is that?
    – Ying
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 1:17
  • Looking in Chrome dev tool, the div I used to wrap the (old way) block are still there, but the content of the block is totally missing. Curious why the {{block type="cms/block" block_id="block_name"}} would just stop working.
    – Ying
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 1:39
  • Same issue here but I'm trying to make the following block work: {{block type="catalog/navigation" name="catalog.category" template="catalog/category/list.phtml"}} Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 2:27
  • @francis-kim, just wondering if you got that block working, and how? I have a very similar problem. Thanks!
    – bnp887
    Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 12:15
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    @wclear whitelist the blocks - check the answer. Commented Jan 27, 2016 at 13:28

3 Answers 3


My understanding is that CE includes all the changes from the recent-patch SUPEE-6788, one of which was restrict the blocks that can be used in CMS blocks, pages, emails (etc...) by default.

Fortunately you can whitelist additional blocks through the admin under System > Permissions > (Blocks | Variables)

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    Yup! That would be it. Thanks for the tip. Fortunately I have about a dozen of static block not hundreds... Now I need to find the correct "name" for them. How DO I find the correct name, it's so cryptic. Magento sure don;t make life easy for me.
    – Ying
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 3:08
  • Use the additional N98-MageRun commands created by @peter-jaap-blaakmeer for the excellent N98-MageRun Magento command-line tool. Find non-whitelisted vars/blocks to be compatible with SUPEE-6788 and Magento $ n98-magerun dev:template-vars [--addblocks[="true|false"]] [--addvariables[="true|false"]]
    – hans2103
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 21:56
  • What about widgets? Like this: {{widget type="catalog/product_widget_new" template="catalog/product/widget/new/content/new_grid.phtml"}}
    – gSorry
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 16:52

I used below method:

  1. System > Permissions > Blocks
  2. Add New Block
  3. Block Name: cms/block
  4. Is Allowed : Yes

This seems to have done the trick for me.

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    @Francis Kim you need to add Block Name: catalog/navigation using the same method as above to get your block to show.
    – Ying
    Commented Oct 29, 2015 at 3:17

Digging the database these days I found a typo in permission_block table. catalog/nagivation value as block_name must be catalog/navigation. Check your installations for this error.

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