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Is there any way to get a list of some of many content types?

I am not asking to list nodes of content type(s).

  • by hack node template, I obviously mean for child theme. – innocent rock Aug 4 '16 at 6:07
  • Do you want to programmatically get content types shown in /admin/structure/types? – user4035 Aug 4 '16 at 9:44
  • yes, more likely /node/add. however I temporary styled the node template but I would like to render it inside a block. – innocent rock Aug 4 '16 at 9:50
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List of content types

In code you can have the list of all node content types, using the node_type_get_names() method :

foreach (node_type_get_names() as $name => $type) {
     // Do something
}

After, you'll have to sort them if you do not want to use them all.

Template override

It is not a good practice to hack any files of the Drupal installation.

But you can easily override any template files provided by the core or a module, directly in your theme folder.

Have a look at this subject : Drupal 7 Template (Theme Hook) Suggestions.

To have a custom content type template, just take the default "node.tpl.php" file, and copy it in your template theme folder, with a name like "node--[type-machine-name].tpl.php" (you'll have to replace the "_" in the type_name by "-").

Custom node add form

And finally I already saw some website using a override node form page using page manager module. But I cannot say how they've done it.

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