Just wondering what the most efficient way to check whether a section has any entries or not. Based on this, I'm showing some content. The content doesn't take any information from the entries in the section, so it'll be a superfluous query no matter what.

For context, this is basically what it'll look like:

{% if craft.entries.section('whatever') | length > 0 %}
    <a href="www.com">Go here</a>
{% endif %}

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Not a definitive answer at all, but you could at least add a .ids() on that so it only retrieves the entry ids and not all the entry data...

{% if craft.entries.section('whatever').ids() | length > 0 %}
<a href="www.com">Go here</a>
{% endif %}
  • Would this be better than doing .section().first.id?
    – peirix
    May 12, 2017 at 8:23
  • .section().first.id will break if there is no ids. May 16, 2017 at 9:27

You can use {{ craft.entries.section('whatever').total() }} for that.

  • For some reason .total() is slower than .limit(1) | length, by ~10ms on average. And also this is only testing when there are 1 or 0 active entries.
    – peirix
    May 15, 2017 at 13:17
  • That's a cool tip. Did you compare it to Jeremy's suggestion? May 15, 2017 at 13:20
  • Yeah, that was about the same as .limit(1) | length, so actually faster than total()
    – peirix
    May 16, 2017 at 14:09

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