I have a matrix field that has 1 column, which is a playa field.

The playa field is set up to allow the user to choose any open entry within 2 different channels. I need to display code in the template that has a conditional the chooses 2 options based on what channel the selected entry (chosen in the playa field) is from.

In other words: user selects an entry in the playa field. That entry can be from either channel A or channel B. I need conditional code that displays one thing if the selected entry is from channel A, and something different if the selected entry is from channel B.

How do I do that? Thanks!!!

here is my template: Note that I can't get ANY type of conditional statement to work where indicated in the comment, but the 2 conditionals outside the EE channel tag DO work.

<!-- news promos using Matrix & Playa fields -->
{exp:channel:entries channel="home_page" disable="categories|category_fields|member_data|pagination" limit="1" dynamic="off" show_future_entries="yes"}
            <!-- start matrix field -->
                    {!-- start playa field within the matrix --}
                        <em>{entry_date format="%M. %j, %Y"}</em>
                        <div class="text">
                            <!-- need to insert an EE conditional statement on this line to replace the xxxxxxx --><a href="{path='/xxxxxxxx/{url_title}'}">{exp:word_limit total="7"}{news_long_title}{/exp:word_limit}</a>
                    {!-- end playa field within the matrix --}
            <!-- end matrix field -->
<!-- /news promos using Matrix & Playa fields -->

{if username == 'rory'}Hi Rory!{/if}

{if segment_2 == 'march14test'}this is the test template{if:else}wrong URL{/if}


Here's what I want to insert as a conditional on the line indicated (to replace the whole line):

{if channel_short_name == "industry_news"}{if:else}{/if}{exp:word_limit total="7"}{news_long_title}{/exp:word_limit}

Well, I have concluded that there is no way to use a conditional inside the matrix/playa code, which is a big disappointment. I even tried the trick with the variable prefix, and it didn't work.

2 Answers 2


You can use {channel_short_name}:

{if channel_short_name == "channel_a"}
  • Hi Brandon! An honor to be in your presence again. I've been trying to get this to work all morning. I added my template code into the original question above. I cannot get ANY conditional statement at all to work on the line where I indicate. But the conditionals at the end of the EE channel tag do work. I am thinking that there is something about the combination of the matrix & playa fields that makes the conditional fail? Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 17:17
  • Also, I put the code for the conditional that I need at the end of my original question. @brandon_kelly Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 17:21

What do you get if you output {channel} in your template for the related fields in your playa loop? Maybe try {playa-field-name:channel} I think you'll get the channel name that you're looking for which you can then use in a standard conditional.

  • When I do as you suggest, it outputs the entry number. Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 17:28
  • Are you sure it's the entry number and not the channel ID. I don't know why it would show the entry number for {channel}
    – foamcow
    Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 17:58
  • Yes it is definitely the entry #. Strange huh? Commented Mar 12, 2014 at 18:34

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