I'm working on some views and I came across a requirement I'm not sure how to handle.

I need the title for each returned item to link to a specific URL. However, if another field (a link field) isn't empty, link to that link instead. I believe I need to edit the view template files but I'm not sure how to get started.

  • In my view, I've found the "Theme: Information" section and am able to get template files working for my view. However, it's listing display, style, row, and field templates. Where would I incorporate the logic I described above for the title field?
  • Once in a template file I am unsure of what variables are available to me. Is there a list or a way to discover these?

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Views is rendered by some of *.tpl.php files, they are:

  • views-view.tpl.php. Main view template.
  • views-view-unformatted.tpl.php. Default simple view template to display a list of rows.
  • views-view-fields.tpl.php. Default simple view template to all the fields as a row.
  • views.view-field.tpl.php. This template is used to print a single field in a view.

If you want to use two different fields from one view in one file, I recommend to use views-view-fields.tpl.php where you can manipulate of all fields which you assign to view.

The views-view-fields.tpl.php has three variables to use: $view, $fields and $row. I suggest to use only $fields.

Then, if you have field named field_image you can render its using $fields['field_image']->content or $fields['field_image']->raw.

Also, I recommend to read more about it: Views template files

  • Thanks, that's really helpful. I've created a tpl file names something similar to views-view-fields--page-topic.tpl.php and it is affecting the correct content on the site. However, I've looked around in the $fields var and all the content is already rendered as HTML in $fields['field_lede']->content. I don't have individual pieces of content. Do you know what might cause that?
    – Vecta
    Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 19:44
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    Fields in view-views-fields.tpl-php still are rendered by Views UI module. Thats why I mentioned about $fields['field_name']->raw. Also in Views UI you have to set that link generated by Link module is plain URL. Commented Sep 15, 2015 at 19:57

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