The variables $page and $teaser are very helpful but is there a way to check if I'm in a different kind of Content Type? For example, if I made a content type named Products, what can I type in my template file page.tpl.php which will display HTML only if the page being viewed is of type Products?

  • Quick note, $page and $teaser are view mode flags, not content types.
    – RobW
    Nov 28, 2012 at 3:58

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Place this in your theme's template.php, replacing 'THEMENAME' with the name of your theme:

function THEMENAME_preprocess_page(&$variables, $hook) {
  $variables['some_html'] = '';
  if (isset($variables['node']) && $variables['node']->type == 'product') {
    $variables['some_html'] = '<p>Hello world!</p>';

And use this in your page.tpl.php:

<?php print $some_html; ?>

Alternatively, if you want to keep the HTML string in your template file, I would do this in template.php:

function THEMENAME_preprocess_page(&$variables, $hook) {
  $variables['print_extra_header'] = false;
  if (isset($variables['node']) && $variables['node']->type == 'product') {
    $variables['print_extra_header'] = true;

And use this in page.tpl.php:

<?php if ($print_extra_header) : ?> <h1>THIS GETS PRINTED</h1> <?php endif; ?>

Make sure to clear the cache after creating the THEMENAME_preprocess_page function, otherwise Drupal will not know it's there and it will not run.

  • Is there an alternate method where the markup will be placed in page.tpl.php instead of in template.php? I'm looking for something more like: <?php if(condition) : ?> <h1>THIS GETS PRINTED</h1> <?php endif; ?>
    – enchance
    Jun 9, 2011 at 5:19
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    You could do <?php if (isset($node) && $node->type == 'product') : ?><h1>THIS GETS PRINTED</h1><?php endif; ?>, but that is not recommended. Drupal uses preprocess functions so you can keep the logic out of your tpl.php files. Otherwise, tpl.php files can get messy very quickly. I added an alternative method to the answer above. Jun 9, 2011 at 6:05
  • Thanks marcvangend!I'm going to try and learn Views templates next. Any good suggestions on that one?
    – enchance
    Jun 9, 2011 at 19:04
  • How about to check if it's a Views page? How do you do that?
    – enchance
    Jun 10, 2011 at 5:36
  • 2
    For theming Views output, see Views theming basics. For checking if the page is a view in THEMENAME_preprocess_page, see hook_preprocess_page(): how to tell a views page? (I like the views_get_page_view() method best). Jun 10, 2011 at 8:25

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