I have a channel with a playa field where users can select a block of content to insert into a page.

Is there a way that I can specify a default child entry to display if the playa field is left blank?

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Yes. One approach would be using a conditional based on no_children variable:

{exp:playa:children field="your_field"}
    {if no_children}
        No children found...display fallback.

Or you might find that using a conditional based on the {exp:playa:total_children} tag is better suited:

{if "{exp:playa:total_children field='your_field'}"}
    No children found...display fallback.
    Perhaps open a channel entry loop here to show your fallback child
  • I considered those options, but the problem is, I want to display a specific child entry, if none is specified, so my conditional would have to be another duplicate instance of my playa code, with a hard-coded entry_id. I'm trying to find a way to avoid doing that.
    – artmem
    Jan 16, 2014 at 21:51
  • I don't think you'll be able to avoid hard-coding an entry_id since you have to specify a child to show (either using Playa or a plain channel:entries tag). I take it it's the repeated html you don't care for? You could put the html in a snippet.
    – Alex Kendrick
    Jan 16, 2014 at 21:53

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