We're seeing a bit of strange behavior - perhaps our eyes are missing the obvious thing?

This block of code works correctly when used in a template in the main or default site in a MSM configuration. It also partially works on templates in the added-on site (which happens to be a mobile version of the site: m.domain.com). Our problem is that the deepest loop using the playa field menu-section-items is not displaying any of the children.

For clarity:

menu-sections = Matrix Field menu-section-title = Matrix Cell/Column type text menu-section-items = Matrix Cell/Column type Playa

We have attempted this with real values substituted for the segment variables to no avail. Either method works when used in templates in the default site.


  {exp:channel:entries site="default_site" channel="menu" url_title="{segment_3}"}

     {menu-sections row_id="{segment_4}"}


        {menu-section-items} {if no_children} -flag- {/if}

                <span class="menu_item_title">{menu-item-title}</span>
                <span class="menu_item_desc">{menu-item-description}</span>




One strange bit of info we uncovered while testing is that the conditional check for children above immediately after the opening menu-section-items tag renders the -flag- contents ONLY when there ARE actual relationships. If relationships are simply blank this -flag- text will not render. Very odd...

In troubleshooting this problem we have updated our Expression Engine to version 2.7.2 - Build Date: 20131008. (Current) Matrix 2.5.8 (Current) Playa 4.4.5 (Current)

I hope someone can point us in another direction or highlight an error above?



  • {exp:playa:children site="default_site" field="menu-section-items" status="not closed"} {title} {/exp:playa:children}
    – David
    Oct 14, 2013 at 18:56
  • same result as the first syntax method
    – David
    Oct 14, 2013 at 18:56
  • David, first off - rewrite the template using the var_prefix parameter, so that the template becomes a bit more readable and you eliminate naming conflicts. For an example on how that parameter works, take a look at docs.pixelandtonic.com/playa/templating/module/children.html and do a search for "var_prefix". Let's see where that gets us. Oct 15, 2013 at 5:26


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