I've created a custom module in D7, wich gothers info from user via form.api. Next, I've created a Custom Content Type 'questions' where I setup fields according to my form.

How do I save data to the CCK?

Note: I've tryed db_insert(), but it refers only to 'node' which nsert one or more records to the node table.

    $nid = db_insert('node') // Table name no longer needs {}
  'title' => 'Example',
  'uid' => 1,
  'created' => REQUEST_TIME,

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You should never insert into the node (or any other entity table) directly, there's a fully-fledged API for handling such things. At the moment you're bypassing a lot of the core goodness that the node module offers, and you're likely to run into problems (you're not updating the revision table for example).

node_save() is the best tool for the job here:

$node = new stdClass;
$node->type = 'the_type';
$node->language = LANGUAGE_NONE;


// Add a field
$node->field_some_field[$node->language][0]['value'] = 'Some value';

// Save the node

// The node is saved by this point so the nid is available.
$nid = $node->nid;
  • Thanks, for prompt responce. I am feeling so stupid because of searching at wrong direction:)
    – Jim
    Nov 9, 2012 at 10:51
  • 2
    @Jim, the documentation for this is really scattered. Once you start getting familiar with the terminology, you can target searches better.
    – mpdonadio
    Nov 9, 2012 at 12:19

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