Using A Separate Footer On Your Front Page


Some websites use a separate footer containing extra information (usually for SEO purposes) on their front page. This is usually done by determining if the current page is the homepage in the footer template and then treating that footer differently. This dynamic logic makes the footer cache-unfriendly, as LiteMage will punch a hole for the footer block as a public block. This means that whichever version of the footer LiteMage encounters first, specialized or not, will be the version that is served on every page.


In the existing footer template footer.phtml, there is a PHP script that dynamically determines whether the current page is the home page.

$page = Mage::app()->getFrontController()->getRequest()->getRouteName();
$isHomepage = false;
if($page == 'cms'){
     if('home' == Mage::getSingleton('cms/page')->getIdentifier()){
          $isHomePage = true;
if($isHomepage): ?>
     <div class="footer_bottom_text_container">
          <div class="footer_bottom_text">
               <?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('footer_bottom_text')->toHtml() ?>
<?php endif; ?>


Have the homepage specially handled so that the footer hole will not be punched there. Remove the dynamic portion of the footer block, allowing the public footer ESI block to continue being punched for other pages. Here's how:

  1. Copy the footer template to a new file as homefooter.phtml. As this will only be used for the home page, there is no need to keep the added home page logic and the content can instead be added directly.

    <div class="footer_bottom_text_container">
           <div class="footer_bottom_text">
                <?php echo $this->getLayout()->createBlock('cms/block')->setBlockId('footer_bottom_text')->toHtml() ?>
  2. Update footer.phtml by removing the aforementioned logic as this file will now be used for non-home pages only. Removing this dynamic code will also have the positive side effect of improving footer render time.
  3. Identify the footer block section of the layout XML file currently in use. Copy the full footer block section, including all sub blocks used.
  4. In the Magento Admin Panel, navigate to CMS > Pages and click edit to edit the home page.
    1. Navigate to Design > Page Layout > Layout Update XML
    2. Add the copied footer block XML here with the following modification:

           <remove name="footer"/>
      <reference name="root">
           <block type="page/html_footer" name="homefooter" as="footer" template="page/html/homefooter.phtml">

      This removes the old footer block and adds the newly created homefooter.phtml template for the home page.

      Note: The block name used here has to be unique, but the alias must remain the same as to not interfere with any applied logic. Thus, it is very important to include name=“homefooter” as=“footer”.


Blocks HTML output should remain disabled under System > Cache Management in the Magento Admin Panel.

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  • Last modified: 2017/05/08 20:05
  • by Lisa Clarke