I've added a few custom user fields which users complete when registering.

What is the simplest approach to show these fields when viewing content that user has created?

For example, when viewing a blog entry I can see the 'submitted by..' and their name. I would like to use my custom user fields to expand that summary.

I've got no problem using views, or creating/modifying the theme etc, but I'd like some guidance on the easiest approach before I start out. (It's too easy to hack away on one approach in Drupal when there's a much easier solution!)

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I would do this with two steps.

  1. Create a theme function that will take the user object and render what you want to render instead of submitted by username.
  2. Alter the node template or use the preprocess_node and get the user from the node $node->uid and use hour theme function to replace the default submitted by with your custom value.

Doing it like this should be quick, easy and simple.

  • This sounds like a very good blend of simplicity and flexibility and it's an approach I wouldn't have considered.
    – Garry
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 18:25

Ok, I'm only using drupal 6 but I think these answers can lead you to a solution:

  1. With the core profile module there is a block "Author information"
  2. You can use the Author Pane module but it doesn't have a stable release for D7 yet.
  3. You can use views to build an author block:

If you're using profile from core:

Create a user view
Set the argument to User: uid
Choose "Provides default argument" set to "User ID from URL" and check "Also look for a node and use the node author"
Add your user profile fields.

If you use Content Profile

Create a node view
Set the argument to Node: Nid
Choose "Provides default argument" set to "Node ID from URL"
Create a relationships to retrieve the content profile
Add your content profile fields.

  • Looks like Profile2 has replaced Content Profile in D7, but it looks interesting! The issue I'm having when using views is getting the fields to appear in a single node view, but that's for a separate question :-) I'll give the Profile2 module a go..
    – Garry
    Commented Jun 6, 2011 at 18:22

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