RE: How to display Channel entry page?

The accepted solution doesn't seem to work for me. My "products/index" template has something like this:

{exp:channel:entries channel="products" limit="10" orderby="date" sort="desc"}
   <a href=/products/detail/{url_title}">{name}</a>

Then in "products/detail" template, I have something like this:

{exp:channel:entries channel="products" limit="1"}

The "products/detail" page always shows the same record (and when you look at the tag pair, it make sense I think). How is this template supposed to know which record specifically to access? What is it about {url_title} that hints to which entry to retrieve? Is there something I need to put in the tag pair to tell it to use the {url_title} segment?

  • When ExpressionEngine is set-up in dynamic mode, segment_3 triggers the look-up of the entry_id, title, and other parameters. If the title or entry_id is not provided in segment_3, then turn dynamic-off, and trigger the look-up based on either {url_title} or {entry_id} in the {exp:channel:entries} tag, such as {exp:channel:entries channel="products" url_title="{segment_4}" dynamic="off" limit="1"} where segment would be whichever segment you are using, 2, 4, etc. Also, test with the {title} field it will provide a better idea of what's being pulled, if anything. Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 18:13
  • Just wanted to clarify that the last {segment} will trigger the lookup (not just {segment_3}). If it's an integer, then EE looks up by entry_id. If it's a string, it looks up by entry_url. Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 23:13

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Your code is correct, and should work. EE will always look at the third segment for either an entry_id or url_title, unless you specifically add dynamic="no" to your Channel Entries tag. So although the suggestions that you specify entry_id="{segment_3}" or url_title="{segment_3}" will work, they should not be necessary.

Note that in your first code sample, you should use {permalink="products/detail"} or {title_permalink="products/detail"} - more future-proof.

  • dynamic="no" was not included, so I'm not sure why it wasn't looking at segment_3. Yes, I'm actually using {permalink="products/detail"}. Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 18:16

You could add url_title="{segment_3}" to the channel entries tag in the products/detail template.

  • And dynamic="no" ad I would normally use and as above points out.
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 18:01

On your details template, you can add two parameters to the entries loop that should solve this - add dynamic="no" and url_title="{segment_3}".

  • There are other options than url_title. Say I use entry_id, do I then just add entry_id="{segment_3}"? I'm actually using permalink for testing. Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 17:51
  • Using permalink in the products/index template. products/details seems to work when I use entry_id="{segment_3}". permalink="{segment_3}" did not work. Are these correct? Commented Dec 29, 2012 at 18:01

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