I've got a template with PHP enabled and set to On Output, and any PHP at all is getting commented and printed, without being processed, in the HTML.

Template (simplified):


{exp:stash:set name="some_value" parse_conditionals="yes" parse_tags="yes"}{if 'something' == 'somethingelse'}y{/if}{/exp:stash:set}

    <?php echo 'foo'; ?>



    <title>Oh the Confusion</title>

    <!--<?php echo 'foo'; ?>-->


Other templates use Stash and conditionals, many use PHP, and this is the only one that combines both Stash (parsing conditionals) and embedded PHP. Caching is not an issue here. This looks like a friendly, intentional thing since the PHP obviously isn't plainly visible to the viewer, but why is this happening?

ExpressionEngine 2.5.5 with a bajillion addons that I can list if it's helpful.

Note: I've simplified my question after figuring out how to ask it better with the help of Lisa Wess. This one seems brief and cheeky because I'll be answering it myself for posterity.

  • What is your template type, Matt?
    – Lisa
    Mar 1, 2013 at 21:56
  • Sorry, not the code, though that may help - but the type. HTML? CSS? Static? I'm actually wondering if it's somehow set to the latter. :)
    – Lisa
    Mar 1, 2013 at 22:07
  • I just realized I answered the wrong question. It's an EE Template, "Web Page".
    – Matt Stein
    Mar 1, 2013 at 22:08
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    If you can isolate the PHP out a bit - I think getting this to the bare minimum code that works might help. Then you can add things back until it breaks and figure it out that way. With how the template is set up, you're going to have to reduce and isolate to figure this out, I think.
    – Lisa
    Mar 1, 2013 at 22:09
  • What a sensible idea! When the PHP is inside {if member_group == 1} it has this problem. Removing the conditional somehow makes it okay again. Does that make any sense? (I've tried variations like {if "{member_group}" == 1} etc to no avail.)
    – Matt Stein
    Mar 1, 2013 at 22:23

1 Answer 1


You'll need to turn your PHP into a plugin or embed it in a sub-template.

You could have saved yourself a lot of time if you'd noticed that Mark Croxton himself pointed out that Stash doesn't parse PHP.

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