In drupal 7, I defined a field for a custom content type and am trying to display its value via page.tpl.php. Nothing is appearing in the rendered page.

Here's the relevant piece of page.tpl.php. The field is 'field_mast". Note that I added print $title just so I could be sure that this template is being used. It is.

    <h1>Perinote&trade; <?php print $content['field_mast'] ?><br>
       <?php print $title ?> <br>Organize Your Way</h1>

My content type fields are:

Label  machine name field type            widget
Title  title        Node module element
mast   field_mast   Text                  Text field
Body   body         Long text and summary Text area with a summary

And for Manage Display, I have:

Field   Label        Format
Body    <Hidden>     Default
mast    Above        Default

Finally, for my actual content, I have:

Title: Notes contacts....
mast: User Guide
Body <p>This user guide...
Text format: Full HTML

Any ideas on what I need to do to get 'mast' to print?

1 Answer 1



<h1>Perinote&trade; <?php print render($content['field_mast']); ?><br>

or this one

<h1>Perinote&trade; <?php print render($content['field_mast']->value); ?><br>

I recommend you to download and install devel module and write

<?php kpr ($content);?>

to see what $content contains. you can also call this function in hook_preprocess_page as well.

  • Hi. I installed devel but I'm not sure if I've done it right. After installation, "modules" showed three "development" modules. I enabled "Devel". Then, in "blocks", I saw "development" listed twice. Not sure if that comes from Devel. I placed both in the footer region of my page. Now, when viewing a page, I see list of menu items. Among them is "field info". If I click on that, I get a popup of Fields, Instances, ... I can see "field_mast" in the list. Not sure what to look for at this point. Mar 27, 2015 at 17:53
  • I added kpr ($content) and it shows field_mast to have value NULL. Not sure why. It's defined for the page, as I show in my original post. Mar 27, 2015 at 18:19
  • now write kpr($page['content'])
    – M a m a D
    Mar 27, 2015 at 19:48
  • also in template.php and in hook_preprocess_node(&$variables) write kpr($fields) to see if the field has value
    – M a m a D
    Mar 27, 2015 at 19:56
  • thanks again for your suggestions. I added kpr($page['content']) and got some output but I don't really know what to look for in the output. I also added kpr($fields) but that didn't even produce an empty rectangle. I experimented with hook_preprocess_node and hook_preprocess_page as well but am not sure which module to put it in. I tried templates.php and got "already defined errors". Any more ideas? Thanks. Mar 27, 2015 at 21:02

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