Articles Anywhere allows you to use if-else structures inside the {articles} tag.

The if structures tag syntax looks like:

{if ...}...{elseif ...}...{else}...{/if}

You can use pretty much any Data Type inside the if conditions. Especially the Numbers are very useful, as we have seen above.

Check if the data exists or not

You can check whether a data exists (meaning it's NOT empty or false) or not. For instance, to show the readmore tag only if the article has a fulltext, you can do:

{if fulltext}[readmore]{/if}

If you want to show a different readmore text when the article doesn't have a fulltext, you can do:

{if fulltext}[readmore text="Read full story"]{else}[readmore text="See intro"]{/if}

Or the opposite, you can place specific content if the data doesn't exist (meaning it's empty or false):

{if !fulltext}...{/if}

Check value of the data

Or check if a data is (or is not) equal to a certain value, like:

{if author:id = 62}...{/if}
{if title != 'Furry Animals'}...{/if}

Articles Anywhere's If Structures support these comparison operators:

  • = Equal
  • != Not equal
  • < Less than
  • > Greater than
  • <= Less than or equal to
  • >= Greater than or equal to
  • IN Value is found in the list of values. Example: {if 'Cats' IN tags} or {if color IN ['blue', 'red', 'green']}
  • NOT IN Value is not found in the list of values

Multiple Conditions

You can also place multiple conditions in one {if} tag.
If all of the conditions should pass, separate the conditions with AND or &&.
If any of the conditions should pass, separate the conditions with OR or ||.

{if category = 'Cats' && 'furry' IN tags}It's furry and purry{/if}
{if habitat-area = "Asia" || habitat-area = "America"}It's Asian or American{/if}

Custom Fields PRO

You can also base your if conditions on custom field values, by simply using the custom field name - for example:

{if nr-of-legs}...{/if}

Normally when using {if} tags with custom field values, the condition will check the raw value of the custom field (as saved in the database).

But in certain cases, such as lists or checkbox fields, you might want to check against the text value of the custom field instead. You can do so by adding :text after the name of the field:

{if nr-of-legs:text}...{/if}

Nested If Structures PRO

Normally, you can only use one level of If Structures, meaning you can't nest If tags inside other If tags.

However, if you would like to use nested if structures, you can do so by taking advantage of the Nested Articles Tag.

You can simply wrap your nested set of {if} tags in a nested {article} or {articles} tag. For example:

{articles category="Animals" include-child-categories="true" separator="<hr>"}
{if category = 'Cats'}
This is a cat.
{article-nested id="[id]"}
{if 'furry' IN tags}
It's also furry.
{elseif 'fluffy' IN tags}
It's very fluffy.



Some more useful examples of using If Structures:

For full control via PHP, you could also use Sourcerer to output the {articles} tag depending on your custom checks.