I currently have a custom module which calls a submit custom validation function. I am trying to update a value after the validation is run. Basically, if a value is present, update a field to say "Yes".

function sitefuncs_form_alter(&$form, &$form_state, $form_id){

if( $form_id == 'stage_2_node_form') {
   $form['actions']['submit']['#submit'][] = 'sitefuncs_custom_submit';

} // end hook_form_alter()

function sitefuncs_custom_submit($form, &$form_state) {

        $banned = array(
        'better cures',
        'better nhs',
        'because it',
        'so what'

  if (in_array($form_state['values']['field_stage_two_question_one']['und'][0]['value'], $banned)) { // if a banned word is the value of the input

$form_state['values']['field_stage_complete_text']['und'][0]['value'] = "No"; // set the value of the text input to No

} else {

$form_state['values']['field_stage_complete_text']['und'][0]['value'] = "Yes";

$messages = drupal_get_messages('status');
drupal_set_message(t('Your changes have been saved.'));



If anyone has any idea why the $form_state isn't updating the fields after I save the node, any help would be great!

2 Answers 2


I worked out that I was using

   $form['actions']['submit']['#submit'][] = 'sitefuncs_custom_submit';

When it should have been

   $form['actions']['submit']['#validate'][] = 'sitefuncs_custom_submit';

Then all my data saved using

$form_state['values']['field_stage_complete_text']['und'][0]['value']['#value'] = 'No'; // set value to No 

Use hook_node_insert instead of alter the form.

This hook is invoked from node_save() after the database query that will insert the node into the node table is scheduled for execution, after the type-specific hook_insert() is invoked, and after field_attach_insert() is called.

Note that when this hook is invoked, the changes have not yet been written to the database, because a database transaction is still in progress. The transaction is not finalized until the save operation is entirely completed and node_save() goes out of scope. You should not rely on data in the database at this time as it is not updated yet. You should also note that any write/update database queries executed from this hook are also not committed immediately. Check node_save() and db_transaction() for more info.

Example :

function modulename_node_insert($node) {
  // Just change the node object and value will be saved.

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