I'm using MSM to manage a number of sites, but on one of them I need to list ALL news items across ALL sites (which is easy!) ... however I need to identify which site each item has come from by either site_id or site_short_name, etc.

So... I'm looking for:

{exp:channel:entries channel="news" site="siteA|siteB|siteC"} 
{count}. {title} - {site_short_name}<br />

To result in:

1. My great title - siteB<br />
2. Another great title - siteA<br />
3. Yet another great title - siteC<br />

Unfortunately, the {site_short_name} is only coming back with the site_short_name of the site I am actually on. For example if the above code is on Site A, it comes back with the results:

1. My great title - siteA<br />
2. Another great title - siteA<br />
3. Yet another great title - siteA<br />

Anyone able to help?


2 Answers 2


I think, it would be better to create to global variables within the index.php files of each site. In the index.php of each site you can have the code like:

$assign_to_config['global_vars'] = array('site_1_short_name' => '[short name of site 1]',  'site_2_short_name' => '[short name of site 2]');

Please note: You need to put this global variables assignments array above the last line of code i.e above the line of code:

require_once BASEPATH.'core/CodeIgniter'.EXT;

within index.php

The global variables {site_1_short_name} and {site_2_short_name} can be used anywhere within the templates.


I don't think above would work.

The small SQL can be used with Query module:

{exp:query sql="SELECT exp_sites.site_name AS SiteShortName FROM exp_sites, exp_channel_titles
WHERE exp_sites.site_id=exp_channel_titles.site_id AND exp_channel_titles.entry_id='{entry_id}'"}


  • Doesn't help, though, because he's pulling in stuff from multiple sites in the same channel:entries loop.
    – adrienne
    Apr 18, 2013 at 6:35
  • Thanks for the answer Bhashkar ... but adrienne is right. I need to know which site the ENTRY is from. Once I'm on a site, I can get the site_short_name already. Apr 18, 2013 at 6:36
  • Yes, I just realize that it wouldn't work. I think, if you can use sql with the query module it can output right output for site_short_name. I put this query in my answer. Apr 18, 2013 at 6:54
  • Ah! Nice. That works perfectly. There won't actually be so many items on each page that the extra few Query calls will make any difference. Thanks! Apr 18, 2013 at 7:25

Try to use {entry_site_id}


And this Query module:

{exp:query sql="SELECT site_name FROM exp_sites WHERE site_id='{entry_site_id}'"}

This add-on can help too: Blog Info


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