I need to print something conditionally in my node.tpl.php depending on the cck value of a field on my content type.

For example, if field_color has "red" or "blue", then print "It has color" and if it has other values print empty text.

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The following should work:

if (isset($node->field_color[0]['value'])) {
  //If you want the field value to be displayed      
  print $node->field_color[0]['value'];
  //If you want some custom text to be displayed
  print 'It has colour';
else {
  print 'Empty Text';

Or with ternary operators:

print (!empty($node->field_color[0]['value']) ? $node->field_color[0]['value'] : 'Empty text';

You'll probably either want to put in some logic to make sure the field exists though, or create a node-TYPE.tpl.php for your specific content type.


This should sort out your red or blue issue:

if (isset($node->field_color[0]['value'])) {

  $colour_value = $node->field_color[0]['value'];

  if ($colour_value == 'red' || $colour_value == 'blue') {
    $colour = $colour_value;

print (isset($colour)) ? $colour : t('Empty Text');

I've only put the field value into a variable to save space - you don't have to do this if you don't want to :-)

  • Go with the first one...the second one's over 80 characters :P
    – Clive
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 11:42
  • Thanks. But I would like to narrow down the condition of value to only "red" or "blue" and print "Empty Text" for the rest of the color (other than "red" or "blue").
    – chinita7
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 13:11
  • I've edited my answer. If the colour is user input, you might also want to run $colour through check_plain before outputting it!
    – Chapabu
    Commented Jun 20, 2012 at 13:48

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