Add content above and below Magento product listings using the Category Description available in 1.4, then updating where the static block displays on the category page when customizing the Display Settings to include both a static block and products.
The main focus of being able to customize the content in Magento category pages was to add the ability for me to be able to have an introductory paragraph of content, but also add additional content after the product listing. Thus I was able to add a foundation of custom content to main category pages without pushing the products further and further down the page.
First you will want to create a static block that will become the footer content for a category. Once created you can then update your category to call this static block. Navigate to the Category you want to include the content below the product listing and update the display settings. Under ‘Display Settings’, select ‘static block and products’ from the Dsiplay Mode dropdown. Then select the name of the static block you created under the CMS Block dropdown.
This display the static block as well as the cateogry products on that category page. Currently most templates add the static black to the top of the category, we will update this.
While you are editing the category go ahead and add a description under the General Information tab for that category which we will leave as the introductory paragraph for the category.
Now we must simply update the layout of the product listing so that the CMS Static Block displays under the category listing.
Navigate and edit /public_html/app/design/frontend/blank/theme_folder/template/catalog/category/view.phtml
Find the line of code that reads:
<?php echo $this->getCmsBlockHtml() ?>
Currently it should be some where above the call to the Product List:
<?php echo $this->getProductListHtml() ?>
Move <?php echo $this->getCmsBlockHtml() ?> below, save, upload and refresh cache if necessary.
You should now see the category description above the product listing. Then when you scroll down the update to the category view.phtml file adds the static block content we added under the Display Settings tab.