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I want to add a banner directly underneath the nav bar but I only want it to display on category pages, I have added a static block in cms and I have had it display on all pages via using the header.phtml file (and just putting it at the end of the file) but I only want to to display on category pages so I can't use the header.phtml file as that is called on all pages and there is no category template that I can call it in that will display it where I want it. I have tried adding:

<block type="cms/block" name="top_images">
    <action method="setBlockId"><block_id>top_images</block_id></action> </block>

into catalog.xml (in the layout folder of my theme) but that doesn't seem to show up.

Any suggestions?

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you can use this add this your header it will show block only on category pages

<?php  $currentUrl = Mage::getUrl('*/*/*', array('_current' => true));
if (strpos($currentUrl,'catalog/category') == true) { echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('top_images')->toHtml(); } ?>
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    Thank you very much! Just worth mentioning that I originally got a PHP error with this code but ofc you just missed a semi-colon, always that way! – seanyt123 Jan 15 '16 at 11:13
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    <?php $currentUrl = Mage::getUrl('/*/', array('_current' => true)); if (strpos($currentUrl,'catalog/category') == true) { echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('top_images')->toHtml(); } ?> – seanyt123 Jan 15 '16 at 11:13

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