I'm using a lightswitch field to add a class to my html document body-tag. The field is added to a section with a handle named "events".

To make this happen, I do this in my _layout.html:

{% if entry.whiteLogoText %}
    <body class="white">
{% else %}
{% endif %}

Now I also want to use such a lightswitch for entries of a different section (with a field handle named 'projects').

Should I make a new lightswitch field for this particular section, and if so, how should I print it?

I wanna make sure I don't get two <body>-tags.

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    Can you clarify/add some context to this? You mention a handle named events, but I don't see that referenced in your template code. and I'm not sure what "-tag" is you're referring to. – Brad Bell Jul 15 '14 at 19:37
  • Edited post, fixed the "-tag" display issue. – Lindsey D Jul 15 '14 at 20:06
  • Lol, @Lindsey. Must have saved my edit half a second after you did yours :) – carlcs Jul 15 '14 at 20:08
  • @Christian Photo finish! – Lindsey D Jul 15 '14 at 20:08

You can use the same lightswitch field on both of your channel sections.

But I wouldn't use an EntryModel in the _layout.html (assuming that's a template you use to extend your actual entry and index templates with).

You probably have two different _entry.html templates for your sections "project" and "events". Define a variable in these if your condition (lightswitch) is true:

{% extends "_layout" %}

{% if entry.whiteLogoText %}
    {% set bodyClass = 'white' %}
{% endif %}

{% block content %}
{% endblock %}

This is how your _layout.html should look like:

{% if bodyClass is defined %}
    <body class="otherBodyClasses {{ bodyClass }}">
{% else %}
    <body class="otherBodyClasses">
{% endif %}

<main class="page" role="main">
    {% block content %}
    {% endblock %}


Or with the ternary syntax:

<body class="otherBodyClasses {{ bodyClass is defined ? bodyClass }}">



You can additionally set that bodyClass variable in other templates using different conditionals:

{% if myGlobalSetHandle.whiteLogoTextForProjectsEntries %}
    {% set bodyClass = 'white' %}
{% endif %}

or (based on my latest assumptions on what you wanna do):

{# Define var before the for loop #}
{% set bodyClass = '' %}

{# Check if `whiteLogoText` is set on any "project" entry #}
{% for project in craft.entries.section('projects') %}
    {% if project.whiteLogoText %}
        {% set bodyClass = 'white' %}
    {% endif %}
{% endfor %}

With this last code example you have to define the variable before the loop to make it accessible outside of it. Because you will always have a bodyClass defined then, change the conditional in your _layout.html like this:

<body class="otherBodyClasses {{ bodyClass is defined and != '' ? bodyClass }}">
  • Thanks alot for helping out Christian. Its a bit more complicated: On the 'events' section "landing page" (index.html) this works fine. But on the 'projects' section I use a feed of entries to print the projects. I would like to define the lightswitch field on an unique project entry, and then output it with a feed of entries. Does this make sense? – osh Jul 15 '14 at 20:40
  • Hmmm.. don't know if I get you right. Basically you want one lightswitch field, that is responsible for all of your _entry.html templates for that "projects" section? – carlcs Jul 15 '14 at 21:02
  • Other option: you could have that field on each of you "projects" entries in the CP and then check in your template if it is set to true on any of these? – carlcs Jul 15 '14 at 21:04
  • I have a landing page for 'events' (index.html), which is a single section. Telling this to get body class=white works fine, with the lightswitch field added to its field layout. I also have a landing page for 'projects' (index.html). This page (a single) feeds a bunch of projects (a channel). If its turned on in one of the entries in the feed, it should do body class=white. Just to make clear: None of this happens on _entry level, both instances are index.html. The body class=white class makes my menus links turn white, rather than black, if that makes any sense. Thanks for your patience! – osh Jul 15 '14 at 21:16
  • See the last example, this should work on your "projects" index.html. – carlcs Jul 15 '14 at 21:20

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