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Magento Blocks


Category: Magento 1.9

A block is a modular unit of content that can be positioned most anywhere on the page. Blocks can be used to display static information such as text, images, and embedded video, as well as dynamic information.

You can use Magento Community Edition’s content management system to create custom blocks of content without writing any code. Blocks can contain text, images, and even video, and can be assigned to any part of the page layout.

In addition, your store includes a selection of built-in blocks that make it easy to add features and functionality to your store. Some built-in blocks are required components of your store, while others are shopping tools that can be enabled or disabled according to your preference. Many of the built-in blocks can be added to your store with the Widget tool. Blocks can also be defined and positioned by entering XML code in the Layout Update box on the target page..

Creating a Static Block

Custom, static blocks of content can be added to any page, group of pages, or even to another block. The carousel image slider on the home page of the demo store is generated by code that is placed in a static block. The three smaller blocks below are also static blocks that link to other pages. Although they look like graphic images, they are actually defined using HTML and CSS.

To create a block:

  • On the Admin menu, select CMS > Static Blocks.
  • In the upper-right corner, click the Add New Block button. Then, do the following:
    • Assign a descriptive Block Title.
    • Assign a unique Identifier to the block. Use all lowercase characters, with underscores instead of spaces. The identifier is used for internal reference.
    • Select the Store View(s) where this content block will be visible.
    • Set Status to “Enabled” to make the block visible in the store.
    • Complete the Content for the block. You can use the Editor to format text, create links and tables, add images, video, and audio.
    • When complete, click the Save Block button.


 

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