I'm an EE novice working on a big site. I have a configuration concept in my head and I want to know if it's doable. Please bear with my limited knowledge of EE lingo. I'm still learning.

So I have a channel Speaker whose channel fields include Name, Topic, Bio, etc. I have another channel Multimedia which includes many of the same kinds of channel fields: Title, Subtitle, Description, etc.

We have speakers come in regularly and give a presentation. We create their Speaker entry long before their event. After the event we produce a video and create the Multimedia entry for that event. We do multimedia for other types of events which is why we don't just have a multimedia channel field in the Speaker channel.

Is there a way for me to add a Playa channel field to Multimedia, connecting a Multimedia entry to a Speaker entry, and then populate the template with Speaker info?

Something like this (this is again, theoretical, but if you feel the need to correct my syntax, go right ahead):

{exp:channel:entries channel="Multimedia"}
  {if playa_field}
  <video src="{media_url}">Your browser doesn't support HTML5 video.</video>

(edit: removed a redundant {/if} thanks to syntax correction in comments)

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You have it exactly right, save one syntax error - after {/playa_field}, you should go right to {if:else}, skipping the {/if}.

  • I can't believe I got it exactly right. I just tried it and it works! Okay so next step... can I store all those Speaker channel field values for use elsewhere in the template? Like maybe... {playa_field speaker_name="{speaker_name}" speaker_topic="{speaker_topic}" speaker_bio="{speaker_bio}" } {/playa_field} Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 21:40
  • Hmm, not sure what you want to do there. Fieldtype tags are for getting data, not setting data. Can you elaborate? Commented Sep 4, 2013 at 21:47
  • Nevermind. It's not a big hassle to make more than one IF statement. Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 18:16

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