Using Structure to manage a bunch of content and I'd love to show the value of a single custom field to the right of the title. It is just a number field to identify a piece of artwork. I imagine there may be a hook or something to grab onto within Structure and grab the value, but I was wondering if anyone had done this before and had any advice to offer?

I do know that I could go the route of Zenbu to show more customized information in a standard channel entries display, but I'd prefer to keep my client in the Structure world if possible.


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You'll need an Extension that taps into the structure_index_view_data hook:

function activate_extension() {
    $hooks = array(
        "structure_index_view_data" => "customise_structure"

    foreach ($hooks as $hook => $method) {
        $data = array(
            'class' => __CLASS__,
            'method' => $method,
            'hook' => $hook,
            'settings' => "",
            'priority' => 10,
            'version' => $this->version,
            'enabled' => 'y'
        $this->EE->db->insert($this->EE->db->dbprefix . 'extensions', $data);
    }//###   End of foreach   ###
}//###   End of activate_extension function

Then in your customise_structure method:

function customise_structure($data) {
    if ($this->extensions->end_script === TRUE)
        return $data;
    if ($this->EE->extensions->last_call !== FALSE)
    $data = $this->EE->extensions->last_call;

    foreach($data["data"] as $tab_id => $content) {
        foreach($content as $eid => $page) {
            //Use $page['entry_id'] to get the entry ID
            //Use $page['title'] to append and customise the row display


        }//###   End of foreach   ###
    }//###   End of foreach   ###
    return $data;
}//###   End of customise_structure function

Using the entry_id you could run a query for each loop getting the custom field then appending it to $page["title"] with relevant spacing or span to indent or style further.

Be warned though, do a query per loop would be consuming, you'd be better to do an initial loop building the entry_id list, then build a single SQL getting just the single custom field you require for all the entries.

This should be enough to get you up and running on building your own extension.

  • Peter, huge thanks for taking the time to run through this. I really appreciate it. Thanks.
    – noahkuhn
    Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 19:51

You can use a normal channel tag to show any custom fields you want. If it's not data that is part of the current page URL, you'll need to specify the entry_id and use dynamic="no".

  • Travis - @noahkuhn wants to customise the Control Panel view of Structure, not frontend. I imagine an extension could be used to tap into structure_index_view_data hook...? Commented Aug 26, 2013 at 18:40

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