Error Handling for different modules on the Zend Framework


Error Handling is a default form for Exception treatment on the Zend Framework. The Framework will register the Zend_Controller_Plugin_ErrorHandler and this plugin will by default listen to all controllers and it will do whatever you set to do on the ErrorController ErrorAction defined by you.

Give it a check on the framework documentation: Zend Controller Plugins

The trouble starts when you need to have a new way to handle exceptions differently for each module. Let’s say for instance that the default module is the main site and the secondary module is the shopping cart or a cell phone site.

Just to make the example more clear, imagine that for each module you want to have a different way to display a 404 page.

The documentation correctly shows how to set the plugin in order to use another module, but it don’t show you where. For setting up the plugin to accept another controller, action and view to another module you need to set those rules under the constructor of the module bootstrap or under the constructor of the main bootstrap.

Considering that the following is under the bootstrap for the shopping cart module you would have:

public function __construct() {

$front = Zend_Controller_Front::getInstance();
$front->registerPlugin(new Zend_Controller_Plugin_ErrorHandler(array(
‘module’     => ‘shoppingcart’,
‘controller’ => ‘static’,
‘action’     => ‘error’


For a reason which I could not understand until this moment, placing this plugin register in any other place will not work. Keep digging at it. Upates soon!!!

Have fun.


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