I have been unsuccessful in accomplishing the following:

I am using the Nodeblocks module and trying to follow its documentation for using it with a custom content type. My custom content type machine name is content_block. I want a client to be able to create a new content_block and then be able to place it wherever he wants using the Admin > Blocks page.

The content_block content type has these fields (machine names - purpose):

  • title - Title of the block (nodeblock) that will be seen on the Blocks administration page. Will be hidden from output.
  • field_headline_level - stores a value like, "h2", "h3", "h4", etc. To be used to customize the HTML Headline tag. Will be hidden from output.
  • field_headline - The actual words for the headline
  • field_content - Content to be displayed below the headline

I've been trying to follow the Nodeblocks documentation (linked above) as well as the Drupal 7 Template Suggestions but I can not get it to work. I keep running into nested template problems, such as the default block template wrapping around the node type template and getting double headlines. I also can't figure out the correct syntax to display the various content_block fields.

Can anyone out there help me out or point me to a "Node Templates for Dummies" article? I've done lots of searches on Google, but can't find anything very helpful.

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Figured it out by getting my head around what Drupal calls "Template Suggestions". The Theme Developer Module helped.

For my particular use case I had to create a template file called block--nodeblock.tpl.php to override the default block output. I basically stripped everything out of the default except the actual content so that this was all that was left: <?php print $content ?>.

Then I made a node--content_block.tpl.php template to override this particular content type's display the way I wanted it. I had to add some trim() methods to strip out some leading spaces that Drupal insisted on inserting.

<div id="node-<?php print $node->nid; ?>" class="<?php print $classes; ?> clearfix"<?php print $attributes; ?>>

    <?php if($content['field_headline']): ?>
        <?php print render($title_prefix); ?>
        <<?php print trim(render($content['field_headline_level'])) . ' ' . $title_attributes; ?>><?php print trim(render($content['field_headline'])); ?></<?php print trim(render($content['field_headline_level']));?>>
        <?php print render($title_suffix); ?>
    <?php endif ?>

    <div class="content"<?php print $content_attributes; ?>>
        <?php print trim(render($content['field_content'])); ?>


The last thing I had to do was create a template to strip out all the extra tags that the Drupal default field comes with. I did so with this file, named field--content_block.tpl.php:

<?php foreach ($items as $delta => $item) : ?>
      <?php print render($item); ?>
<?php endforeach; ?>

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