In the following code, I want site_index to continue to point to http://blah.com/ but instead it points to something like http://blah.com/category/catalog/downloads:

{exp:channel:categories channel="downloads" show_empty="no" style="linear"}
    <a href="{path='site_index'}/downloads">{category_name}</a>

How do I prevent channel:categories from taking over the site_index variable?

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You'd be best left not messing with that and using {site_url} instead.


  • Thanks, @Stephen. Only downside I've found to using {site_url} instead is that it doesn't automatically include the /index.php? in the URL, which my site's server currently requires. So if we ever remove the /index.php? we'll need to update this link.
    – cmal
    Dec 21, 2013 at 16:02
  • If you need to, you can setup a snippet as {site_url}/index.php? and just call the snippet instead. Dec 21, 2013 at 18:21

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