Is there a way to return 'no results' from a custom plugin with the standard conditional of:

{if no_results}{/if}

I have resulted to using:

if ($query->num_rows() > 0) {

} else {
    return $this->return_data = "<li><p>Sorry, no results</p></li>";


1 Answer 1


Yes, of course!

return $this->return_data = ee()->TMPL->no_results();

Or this, on the versions before 2.6:

return $this->return_data = $this->EE->TMPL->no_results();

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