I've got a page behind a login that I have various member groups set up for.

Depending on the member group, I want the link in the Downloads section to go to a different page: e.g. Contractors member group will go to /downloads/contractors, Students member group will go to /downloads/students etc.

When I use my global variable for {group_title} in my page, it outputs "Contractors". Ideally it should output "contractors" in my link because if a member group has more than one word my URL isn't valid.

I tried wrapping {group_title} in CE String but it just outputs "group_title" into my HTML without the braces.

Here's my code:

{exp:ce_str:ing url_title}{group_title}{/exp:ce_str:ing}

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This is because user-defined global variabes are parsed after plugin and module tags. (See parse order.) So you're literally passing {group_title} to CE String.

Try setting {group_title} via a preload_replace variable instead, as those are processed just before plugin tags.

  • Thanks for the suggestion Derek but no joy. Am I right in thinking that it's too early in the parse order to output what I want from the tags now. It's just printing out 'group_title' inside my link. {preload_replace:member_group="{group_title}"} <nav class="nav--sidebar"> <ul class="nav__list"> {if logged_in} <li> <a href="{site_url}member/downloads/{exp:ce_str:ing url_title}{member_group}{/exp:ce_str:ing}">{group_title} Downloads</a> </li> <li> <a href="{path='logout'}">Log Out</a> </li> {/if}
    – StvCummins
    Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 15:31
  • Yeah, you'd have to set group title in a preload_replace variable, i.e. {preload_replace:group_title="Contractors"}. How exactly you'd setup the logic to do this will depend on how exactly you're determining what that value should be. Commented Jan 15, 2015 at 16:20
  • Thanks for all the suggestions Derek. I was over thinking this. A simple if check around the couple of headings & links that I want to change will suffice. It might work out at maybe 4 lines of code more but at least it's a simple solution to something that's not even a massive problem.
    – StvCummins
    Commented Jan 27, 2015 at 9:50

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