$href = $data->node_data_field_news_external_link_field_news_external_link_value;
if($href == ''){
    $href = 'node/' . $data->nid;
    $href = url($href, array('absolute' => TRUE));
echo '<h3><a href="' . $href . '">' . $data->node_title . ' (' . date("F j, Y", $data->node_created) . ')</a></h3>';

I'm sorry but I've searched for something that can help me with this. I know it is simple, but I've already spent hours while trying to teach myself PHP in the process. I hope that this will take someone 30 secs and allow me to keep learning.

Anyways... I have an attribute (field_successdate) in the News content type that I'm trying to use. It's a date of when the News happened. In the view, the customPHP field uses the node's created date and appends it to the node's title to create a link to the object. I'm trying to replace the node's created date with my field_successdate. I've added it to the fields and then referencing it in the customPHP code, but no luck. Do I have to add the field_successdate to the fields in the view and then add an argument? (I've tried that too)

Can any one help?


  • If anyone could show me how to do this in PHP just for the sake of learning, I'd appreciate it! Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 21:54

1 Answer 1


It's probably easier to add the field to the field list (field_successdate). Then use Views rewrite display option to write the node: title link to include the date from field_successdate.

The rewrite will require the Token module to be enabled. rewrite the title as: [node:title] [node:field_successdate]

Be sure you hide field_successdate if you dont want it literally shown in the view by itself somewhere. You may or may not need to move field_successdate to the top of the field list so its gets made into a Token to be used in the title properly.

I'd make a pic of this .... but that'd take like minutes....

  • Thanks for your quick answer. This is close... I'm able to get the result I want cosmetically, but now I can't get it to link to the individual node. I've tried rewriting as a link and using a token to get to the link... but it links to the view, not the unique node... Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 21:48
  • Actually, I think I fixed it. Thanks! I didn't think of using tokens!!! Commented Jan 16, 2013 at 21:53

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