I have a webform which works as a newsletter subscription form: it displays a textfield for an email and a button. When the button is clicked, a notification message is displayed on top of the page where any other messages are usually displayed.

However because the webform is a block and it's displayed in the sidebar, it would be more usable if the message is displayed right above the block, where visitor's focus currently is, instead of top-middle of the page. Is this something possible to implement?

To generalise: is it possible to display messages from different blocks/modules in different sections of the page instead of the unified $messages variable?

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If the notification is being set in the $messages variable used in page.tpl.php you can emulate theme_status_messages() by adding this to your theme's template.php file

function YOURTHEME_preprocess_block(&$vars) {

  $block = $vars['block'];

  if ($block->module == 'MODULENAME' && $block->delta == 'DELTA') {
  $output = '';
  foreach (drupal_get_messages(NULL, FALSE) as $type => $messages) {
    $output .= "<div class=\"messages $type\">\n";
    if (count($messages) > 1) {
      $output .= " <ul>\n";
      foreach ($messages as $message) {
        $output .= '  <li>' . $message . "</li>\n";
      $output .= " </ul>\n";
    else {
      $output .= $messages[0];
    $output .= "</div>\n";

  $vars['messages'] = $output;

Then in the template file for just your block (e.g. block-MODULENAME-DELTA.tpl.php), print the $messages variable.

  • Thanks, this works great :-p Quick comment… if your theme is displaying the messages earlier in the layout, the theme may have already cleared the message queue (see drupal_get_messages). I was using Drupal 7 and the Omega theme, and I had to disable the theme message display before I could display the messages myself.
    – thirdender
    Aug 18, 2012 at 21:04

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