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      I’m attempted to add some manufacturers’ logos to the left sidebar beneath ‘My Cart’ and ‘Compare Products’ etc. I have added the HTML to the callouts/left-col.phtml file both in the base folder and in the theme folder but nothing seems to be working.

      Does anyone know how to add images to the sidebar so they appear on all of the pages including the home page.

      Thank you so much,



      Hi Suzanne,

      First off, I suggest you copy files from the base folder to your template folder, following the same folder structure of course, because your template overrides the base files. So if you have the same left-col.phtml file in both base and template directories, Magento will read the file from the template directory only.

      Now the easy way to do this is to get an extension called ZBlocks from Aheadworks. Very cool extension that basically turns Magento into a Joomla like module structure.

      So if you want to work just through Magento, you’ll can create a new static block in your CMS and input your html there. Next, you’ll need to call that static block into your template layout files in the column you want using the following:

      Make sure what you enter as ‘your_static_block’ in the line above and the static block identifier in your CMS is exactly the same. Let me know if this works for you.

      You could also just hard code an image into your template layout file if that works. Lots of options!




      You can also use the Layout Update XML in the page(s) you want and add CMS static blocks. Learning this is somewhat involved, so view this post to learn more.


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