Magento – Home Page Holiday Messages

There are a number of ways to incorporate message blocks in a cms page, but sometimes you want to have it be easy to enable/disable/edit.
For times like that, adding a static block via layout works best. It’s easy to disable and edit.
First of all, I’ll add a static block to the local.xml file- click to view holiday-banner (174).

Please note I added the banner to preface block, since that’s the block the slide show that’s on homepage is in (Using Ultimo theme).
Next step is to create a background image for our holiday banner (since it’s holiday specific).
holidy-banner-bkg

Once we have the banner image, we can create the static block as well as add some css rules to our stylesheet in skin/frontend/themename/default/styles.css file to show background image behind our holiday message- click to view Static Block Holday Message (169)

Once we have all this in place and clear the cache, the new banner is visible above the slide show.
holiday-banner

To disable the banner, just disable the static block. To change the message, just edit the text inside the p tags. How easy is that?

Good Luck

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