I have a channel items and a channel colors, and the items channel has a Playa field item_colors that links to the colors channel. What is the best way to loop through the items entries and output a construct like this?


  "color_1" : "item_1",
  "color_2" : "item_1",
  "color_3" : "item_1",

  "color_1" : "item_2",
  "color_4" : "item_2",

  "color_5" : "item_3",

  "color_2" : "item_4",
  "color_3" : "item_4",


The tricky part is outputting the outer entry title from within the Playa field tag pair. I attempted to do this with a Stash variable:

{exp:channel:entries channel="items" dynamic="no" disable="categories|member_data|pagination"}
    "{title}": "{stash:item_title}",

But the result is the Stash variable outputs the same (last) entry title for every instance. Something about parse order, undoubtedly… any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Good news, it should be a quick fix. All you need is to prefix your Playa variables with var_prefix parameter to differentiate the namespace from the Channel Entry variables, although you might have to use the full module tag:

{exp:playa:children field="item_colors" var_prefix="pl"}
    "{pl:title}": "{title}",
  • Thank you, that is exactly what I needed. Now I don't have to also agonize over why I was apparently able to output the stash variable only once... EE really drives me nuts sometimes! Commented Jan 14, 2014 at 23:30

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