I'm trying to get my head around EE so please bear with me on something probably simple:

How do you loop through a EE entries chunk and append a number? Like a id="blogitem-1", id="blogitem-2", id="blogitem-3"... there may be no end to the numbering.

I have a blog section that requires each hidden ID be sequential. I got the jquery popover working using {entry_id} but I need to go forwards and backwards and the pager doesn't work. I cheated a little using {switch="1|2|3|4"}... but that's really ugly and it has a fixed end.

Here's the code snippet:

<!-- This is a blog item -->
<div class="blogitem-content hidden" id="blogitem-{entry_id}">
    <img src="{base_image:blogimg}" alt="{title}">
    <h2 class="primary-color">{title}</h2>

    <ul class="pager">
        <li class="previous"><a href="#blogitem-2" class="">&larr; Previous</a></li>
        <li class="next"><a href="#blogitem-4" class="">Next &rarr;</a></li>

<!-- / Blog item -->

This shows what could be entry #3, with the pager linking to the previous id (#2) and the next (#4). While "{entry_id}" lets me pop-up the post, I can't navigate.

I also don't want to expose PHP to the template (not understanding PHP too much I don't want to open up something that can bite me later). I can't seem to generate a simple progressive 1, 2, 3... for the id.

I'm learning EE and a bit of jQuery, so sorry if this is elementary

1 Answer 1


You can use {count} or {absolute_count}, instead of {entry_id}. {count} restart on every page, while {absolute_count} increases across pagination.

By the way, 'tackbacks' isn't a value of the disable parameter.

  • Thanks! I tried {count} before but I must have done something wrong - much appreciated. On trackbacks, I'm using a EE styling plugin for Textmate and it was a default on expansion - maybe a holdover from EE1? Now all I need to do is figure out how to do math and increment up and down 1 record for the pager…
    – Kel
    May 12, 2013 at 22:06
  • As a point, I found a math plugin to do the incrementing-decrementing.
    – Kel
    May 12, 2013 at 22:13
  • If all the ID numbers are sequential, I really don't see any reason for you to worry about the IDs of the pagers. Is really easy to do the math and find them.
    – Sobral
    May 12, 2013 at 22:26
  • Do the math on JS, I mean!
    – Sobral
    May 13, 2013 at 0:31
  • Actually, the id's aren't sequential as they're coming from a field using the new relationship tool, and the user is setting the order themselves. I used "blog" only as an example. @Robert - again, early days, but I wanted to do things within each embed
    – Kel
    May 13, 2013 at 5:58

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