Hi I'm learning the php and this has gone way over my head. I'm trying to make the blog item page links go to an external link if the A-link in the article is entered. I found some code in the com_content/article/default_link.php. I tried to just place the code in, before I tried to do an else command 'blog_style_default_title.php' but not work. Basically want to have the image and links to change to A-record if one is entered, otherwise go to article as normal.

Code below: original and code trying to apply:

 * @package     Joomla.Site
 * @subpackage  Layout
 * @copyright   Copyright (C) 2005 - 2015 Open Source Matters, Inc. All rights reserved.
 * @license     GNU General Public License version 2 or later; see LICENSE.txt

defined('_JEXEC') or die;

// Create a shortcut for params.
$params = $displayData->params;
$canEdit = $displayData->params->get('access-edit');
<?php if ($params->get('show_title') || $displayData->state == 0 || ($params->get('show_author') && !empty($displayData->author ))) : ?>
    <div class="page-header">

        <?php if ($params->get('show_title')) : ?>
            <h2 itemprop="name">
                <?php if ($params->get('link_titles') && $params->get('access-view')) : ?>
                    <a href="<?php echo JRoute::_(ContentHelperRoute::getArticleRoute($displayData->slug, $displayData->catid, $displayData->language)); ?>" itemprop="url">
                    <?php echo $this->escape($displayData->title); ?></a>
                <?php else : ?>
                    <?php echo $this->escape($displayData->title); ?>
                <?php endif; ?>
        <?php endif; ?>

        <?php if ($displayData->state == 0) : ?>
            <span class="label label-warning"><?php echo JText::_('JUNPUBLISHED'); ?></span>
        <?php endif; ?>
        <?php if (strtotime($displayData->publish_up) > strtotime(JFactory::getDate())) : ?>
            <span class="label label-warning"><?php echo JText::_('JNOTPUBLISHEDYET'); ?></span>
        <?php endif; ?>
        <?php if ((strtotime($displayData->publish_down) < strtotime(JFactory::getDate())) && $displayData->publish_down != JFactory::getDbo()->getNullDate()) : ?>
            <span class="label label-warning"><?php echo JText::_('JEXPIRED'); ?></span>
    <?php endif; ?>
<?php endif; ?>

// ##################### Code from  default_link ########## //

// Create shortcut
$urls = json_decode($this->item->urls);

// Create shortcuts to some parameters.
$params = $this->item->params;
if ($urls && (!empty($urls->urla))) :
<div class="content-links">
            $urlarray = array(
            array($urls->urla, $urls->urlatext, $urls->targeta, 'a'),
            foreach ($urlarray as $url) :
                $link = $url[0];
                $label = $url[1];
                $target = $url[2];
                $id = $url[3];

                if ( ! $link) :

                // If no label is present, take the link
                $label = ($label) ? $label : $link;

                // If no target is present, use the default
                $target = $target ? $target : $params->get('target' . $id);
                    // Compute the correct link

                    switch ($target)
                        case 1:
                            // open in a new window
                            echo '<a href="' . htmlspecialchars($link) . '" target="_blank"  rel="nofollow">' .
                                htmlspecialchars($label) . '</a>';

                            // open in parent window
                            echo '<a href="' . htmlspecialchars($link) . '" rel="nofollow">' .
                                htmlspecialchars($label) . ' </a>';
        <?php endforeach; ?>
<?php endif; ?>
  • Welcome to JSE. Please could you format all your code so it's readable?
    – Lodder
    Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 12:46
  • Thank you Lodder, I had it initially formatted and copied it in, and then it displayed as it did. so wasn't sure if that was all I could do, sorry Commented Jul 22, 2015 at 12:55

1 Answer 1


Finally worked it out.

Ok so in the layout, you cannot simply use $this->item like you would in a view. The object to be used is $displayData.

So to get the URL param you want, open the following file:


and add the flowing to the top:

$urls = json_decode($displayData->urls);

$urlarray = array(

You will then see the following code which is used for the article link:

<a href="<?php echo JRoute::_(ContentHelperRoute::getArticleRoute($displayData->slug, $displayData->catid, $displayData->language)); ?>" itemprop="url">

which needs to be replaced with this:

<?php if (!empty($urlarray[0][0])) : ?>
    <a href="<?php echo $urlarray[0][0]; ?>" target="_blank">
<?php else : ?>
    <a href="<?php echo JRoute::_(ContentHelperRoute::getArticleRoute($displayData->slug, $displayData->catid, $displayData->language)); ?>" itemprop="url">
<?php endif; ?>

Add you can see, $urlarray[0][0] is the variable you now need to use for the Link A value.

Hope this helps

  • This has worked perfectly - fantastic. The final element is the intro_image.php file. to make the image also go to the A-link... I tried to apply but the code had an error.. Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 10:34
  • @MartinEarl - Replace the code in the intro_image.php file with this: pastebin.com/G9YkPeZr
    – Lodder
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 10:45
  • Thank you - worked a charm for intro_image too. Such a great help, perfect Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 10:58

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