I am trying to alter the title of my nodes to prevent URLS appearing in any title. This is the code I am using.

function mytemplate_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  $node = $variables['node '];
  $variables['title'] = cleaner(check_plain($node->title));

cleaner() removes URLs from nodes. The above works perfectly on teasers, but not on full view or when the title is displayed in a list with other articles inside a block.

How can I make sure that the URL disappear whenever the concerned node's title is listed?


2 Answers 2


You need to implement both

  • template_preprocess_page() : this will take care of node full view mode.
  • temaplte_proprocess_node() : this will take care of node teaser view mode

In your theme template.php

function mythemename_preprocess_page(&$variables) {
  if(isset($variables['node']) && $variables['node']->type == "your content type") {

 * Override or insert variables into the node template.
function mythemename_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  if($variables['type'] == "your content type") {
    $variables['title'] = "your title";


  • only changing in template_preprocess_node(), will now reflect on node teaser view as it will be overridden by page template.
  • in order to change you should use drupal_set_title() instead of $variables['title'].
  • Thanks this works perfectly for the existing nodes, but for the new ones i ll use the above solution with node_presave
    – yazzou
    Oct 2, 2013 at 13:58
  • true, but its wiser according to me having one solution as keeping the other two proprocess hooks will be fired anyway! so take your pick honestly I do not see difference between existing and new if you have all the codes put to work.Preferably you can dry run with node_save function keeping code mentioned in hook_node_presave() and remove the preprocess function from template file
    – arpitr
    Oct 2, 2013 at 14:10

Use template_preprocess_page() in the template.php to update the page title for full view, However please don't your code for hook_preprocess_node() as that code would be required for updating the page title for teaser view.


// Example of updating the nodes title for all content types.
function MYTHEME_preprocess_page(&$vars) {
  // Check if the variable is of node type.
  if (!empty($vars['node']) {
    $updated_title = cleaner(check_plain($node->title));

To update the page title of specific page just update the if condition as below:

if (!empty($variables['node']) && $variables['node']->type == 'CONTENT_TYPE') {
  $updated_title = cleaner(check_plain($node->title));

The above things will update the page title at the time of rendering, however the better solution is to clear the URL's from the node title before saving (insert/update) the node so that you wont need to modified at the time of rendering:

// Using the hook_node_presave() for removing the URL's from title.
function MyModule_node_presave($node) {
  $node->title = cleaner(check_plain($node->title));

Note: The hook_node_presave() will help you for new nodes and the nodes those you are going to update.

  • 1
    You shouldn't really call drupal_set_title() from a template like that. If you must, then put it in template_preprocess_page() in the tempalte.php, otherwise in a module in hook_node_view() or similar.
    – rooby
    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:12
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    hook_view_pre_render is not suppose to use here!this hook is invoked jus before rendering a view
    – arpitr
    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:33
  • @arpitr He wants to update the title of his views too Oct 1, 2013 at 4:35
  • 1
    you might be confusing with "The above works perfectly on teasers, but not on full view" node full view and view are two different things :)
    – arpitr
    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:42

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