I found this question and answer that has helped me to get where I currently am. My setup is very very similar to the setup discussed in this thread.


I deleted pretty much my entire first post just to let everyone know.

Now I have a fresh install of EE and the modules below, and am working locally on MAMP.

  • EE - 2.6 ( had no install issues!)
  • Matrix - 2.5.4
  • Assets - 2.1.2
  • Playa - 4.4.2
  • Wygwam - 2.7.1
  • Better Work Flow - 1.6 (not being used to manage these pages yet)
  • MAMP PHP - 5.3.6
  • MySQL: 5.5.9 Please note that I do not have Structure installed this time around. I also removed the Structure Tag related to this issue.

I have simplified my template as much as I could which is below.

{embed="includes/_html_header"} <!-- includes opening body tag -->
<div class="container">
    {exp:channel:entries channel="schedule" disable="categories|member_data|pagination"}
            {cell_1} - {cell_2} - {cell_3}
                Session Name = {session_name}<br/>
                Session Speaker Child ID - {session_speaker:child_ids} (these are pulling in correct IDs, yippie!) <br/>
                Need to embed information below here about speaker of session<br/>
                {embed="includes/_speakers_import" entry_ids="{session_speaker:child_ids}"}<br/>


{embed="includes/_js"} {embed="includes/_close_page"}

I have "{session_speaker:child_ids}" to help show me which entries should be pulled in. This is pulling in the correct information, same with my embed variable below.

Here is my embed template.

{exp:channel:entries channel="sessions" dynamic="no" fixed_order="{embed:entry_ids}"}
    Embed value from embed - {embed:entry_ids} (these are still displaying correct info) <br/>
    Speaker Name - {speaker_name}<br/>


Please note my issue still remains the same as before, if I include the fixed_order param no information shows up. If I try to do something like fixed_order="2|3|6|4" nothing is displayed. Same with entry_id. If I remove fixed_order all my speakers show up, and my embed variable displays the correct entry id, which is a good thing.

On an other site I was trying to pull an embed variable into a param and was not able to get my information to display properly. I am wondering if there is a setting I have not turned on that might be effecting my templates.

With my clean install there were a few issues that showed up in my developers log which can be seen in the linked image. Please note there is an error with Structure and Playa.

For Lisa I hope that my updated information is more helpful, as well as the developers log!

Travis, I appreciate the help and with the removal of Structure from the mix feel free to move forward and help others with Structure related issues!

Again, I appreciate the help and hopefully we can figure this out together!

  • When i do include fixed_order parameter I have it like so - fixed_order="0|{embed:entry_ids}". Also tried fixed_order="{embed:entry_ids}"
    – johnHoysa
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 17:19
  • John, can you try this temporarily with hard-coding the ID? ie: fixed_order="1"? I'd like to rule out the embed. I'd recommend testing on an otherwise blank template. Thank you!
    – Lisa
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 17:50
  • I have tried hard coding the entries like so fixed_order="17175|17178|".
    – johnHoysa
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 18:11
  • Also my main template is rather barren it pulls in two other embeds, my navigtaion and my footer which help open and close the page and that is it.
    – johnHoysa
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 18:13
  • John - you're on EE 2.5.2 which is quite old; I need to ask you to upgrade to at least 2.5.5 to test this out. 2.6 is possibly better if you're going to take the time. But I think you may be running into a problem that will be fixed with those upgrades. But also - is the code you posted 100% of the template? That string is a template marker that didn't get replaced in parsing, so reducing is important here to figure out what's going on
    – Lisa
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 20:24

1 Answer 1


I don't see where this fixed_order parameter is. Does it work if it's not in an embed and straight in the page?

  • I currently removed the fixed_order parameter in the example. if I remove the embed and simply put my code straight into the main template the information does not display properly. For example this is what I get: Speaker Name = {playazvj5FRQp:speaker_name} {/exp:playa:children}
    – johnHoysa
    Commented May 1, 2013 at 18:21

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