I am trying to control the order of my products using Low Variables (2.3.4) and Playa (4.3.3).

I have a Low Variable of type Playa name lv_product_order which I use to output the ids in the following manner.

{exp:low_variables:parse var="lv_product_order"}{entry_id},{/exp:low_variables:parse} 

This gives me entry ids that I selected in the correct order, also including hte additional unnecessary comma. So I tried to than include this in my channel entries loop in the following manner.

        fixed_order="{exp:low_variables:parse var="lv_product_order"}{entry_id},{/exp:low_variables:parse}"}

This results in the all products being output - even though I only selected a few in the LV Playa field, and order is obviously not preserved either. Template debugging displays the following tag output:

{exp:channel:entries channel="product" disable="member_data|pagination|category_fields" dynamic="off" fixed_order="M40o93H7pQ09L8X1t49cHY01Z5j4TT91fGfr"}

Where does the following hash come from? I expect this to be a list of IDs.


I have the field set to early parsing so I figured this would parse before the channel entry tag. Is this a parsing order issue?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Thomas

  • Do you have this variable set to "on" for early parsing?
    – Lisa
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 19:46
  • @LisaWess Yes, is that correct?
    – Thomas
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 19:47
  • I haven't worked with the LVs enough to be certain; but I'd try toggling it off. What you're seeing there is a template marker that is not being replaced in later parsing in the template. so switching it off may give you some relief. Also - what version of EE are you on?
    – Lisa
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 19:49
  • @LisaWess I am using EE 2.5.3. Unfortunately turning off early parsing produces the same result.
    – Thomas
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 19:55
  • 2
    Thomas - does this solution work for you? stackoverflow.com/questions/13101138/…
    – Lisa
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 20:08

2 Answers 2


This Stack Overflow post has an answer from Low that should work for you.

Here's how: make sure early parsing is enabled for that variable, and then use the variable syntax instead of the tag syntax:

{exp:channel:entries channel="groups" entry_id="{lv-home-groups}"}
code here
  • Works great, Thanks Lisa. Only bummer was losing the multi-selection and status color features provided in Playa. Really appreciate your help!
    – Thomas
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 20:40

Try an embed. In your main template put the embed code to a newly created embed template (in my example, it's 'embed_product_list').

{embed="template-group/embed_product_list" product_ids="{lv_product_order}"}

Then in the embed_product_list template, your opening tag would be:

  • I thought Low Variables was often used to reduce performance issues with embeds. Won't this create an issue?
    – Thomas
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 17:58
  • Also, this is not working, I have tried to implement, yet the value that is passed into the fixed_order parameter from the playa field is an array containing the id number as well as the url title and the title.
    – Thomas
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 19:32

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