I ran into a situation in which I need to pass a Grid field via embed. Is there a good way of doing this? I won’t know how many entries (rows) have been entered. I have set a max to five (5) and there are three (3) columns.

Simplified Template Added

In my primary template, I have a simple call to embed the footer like this:


That is just a router template.

Footer Router Template


        sql="SELECT template_name FROM exp_templates WHERE template_id = '{footer_layout}' "


(This is where I would like to embed the Grid fields if possible to kep from deep nested templates)

In the entry template, I am using Better Pages to allow them to choose a layout. There is one layout that when chosen, allows them to add up to 4 columns of mini navigational elements. This is where the Grid fields come into play.

There are four fields that display for this page template selection. Each has the following 2 Grid fields:

The first is an options grid field {column_1_options}. 1 row 3 columns. Text 'Header', Dropdown 'Automatic' or 'Manual', and Dropdown 'Blog' or 'Portfolio' or 'Twitter'.

The second is a links grid field {column_1_links} for them to populate the navigational elements if they choose 'Manual' in the Dropdown above. It contains 0-5 Rows with 2 Text Input columns named 'Link' and 'Text'.

Currently I use stash lists to gather these like this:

    {exp:stash:set_list name="column_1_links" parse_tags="yes"}

This is in a stash template that I call in the header of my primary templates like this:

    {stash:embed:partials:site_variables process="start" replace="yes" parse="yes"}

In my footer template for the one they choose (The one with these options), I display their choices by pulling out the stash variables like this:

            <div class="row">
                <div class="col-md-3">
                    <h5>{if "{exp:stash:get name='col_1_head'}" != ""}{exp:stash:get name='col_1_head'}{/if}</h5>
                    {if "{exp:stash:col_1_method}" == "Manual"}
                        <ul class="list icons list-unstyled">
                            {exp:stash:get_list name="column_1_links"}
                                <li><i class="icon icon-caret-right"></i> <a href="{href}">{text}</a></li>
                        {if "{exp:stash:get name='col_1_section'}" == "Blog"}
                            <ul class="list icons list-unstyled">
                                    <li><i class="icon icon-caret-right"></i> <a title="{title}" href="{title_permalink='blog/entry'}">{exp:eehive_hacksaw words="5" append = "..." allow = "<b><a><p>"}{title}{/exp:eehive_hacksaw}</a></li>
                        {if "{exp:stash:get name='col_1_section'}" == "Portfolio"}
                                <li><i class="icon icon-caret-right"></i> <a title="{title}" href="{title_permalink='portfolio/item'}">{exp:eehive_hacksaw words="5" append = "..." allow = "<b><a><p>"}{title}{/exp:eehive_hacksaw}</a></li>
                        {if "{exp:stash:get name='col_1_section'}" == "Twitter"}
                            <div id="tweet" class="twitter" data-account-id="{exp:stash:get name='twitter-id'}">
                            <p>Please wait...</p>

I would just like to be able to better utilize core features when available. I am always wanting to expand my knowledge of how to better build and simplify sites. :)

  • Can you add a bit more context of what you're wanting to accomplish? What your data contains, and your desired end result. I have a feeling an embed isn't the right solution for you here, but need to more details to make that call. – Derek Jones Aug 22 '14 at 18:08
  • Hey Derek. Yes. This is for a set of user defined settings for a navigational feature. The first grid is the options Grid field. This contains a Header, Select Dropdown for a setting, and a second Select Dropdown for another setting. The second Grid field consists of the option for 5 links to be built using 2 text fields. One for the URL and one for the Text to display. The links will be displayed determined by one of the Select Dropdowns in the first Grid field. I am able to achieve what I need by using the Stash plugin. I was just trying to keep it native. – W3bGuy Aug 22 '14 at 18:20

So the channel entries tag that outputs this lives somewhere other than where your navigation is built, I'm assuming. Without seeing your template I couldn't say for sure, but this sounds like a great case for using a template layout. If you update your question with a simplified version of your templates, I could provide a more specific example, but the documentation covers what you would need: the layout wrapper, and layout variables.

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  • Derek, I have added some template code and info to try to help explain. Let me know if this helps. – W3bGuy Aug 23 '14 at 17:47

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