Receiving the standard error:

Craft\MatrixBlockModel and its behaviors do not have a method or closure named "sectionArticles".

The problem is that this error doesn't make sense. Here is why:

  1. I have a newsletter template with the block 'sectionArticles'
  2. It lists entries from 3 different sections
  3. These 3 sections do not have a block 'sectionArticles' nor a reference to it in their templates.
  4. If I click on a link that leads to the url for these entries, I receive the above error
  5. If I copy and paste the url into a new tab everything is fine
  6. This only recently started happening. In other words, old issues of the newsletter are fine


Here is code for referring template:

{% for block in entry.connectionsContent %}
  {% switch block.type %}
    {% case "connectionsTextOnly" %}
      <div class="{{ block.backgroundColor }} page-section">
        <div class="row">
          {% set asset = block.sectionImage.first() %}
          {% if asset %}
            <div class="large-3 medium-4 small-12 columns large-push-9 medium-push-8">
              <img src="{{ asset.url }}">
            <div class="large-9 medium-8 small-12 columns large-pull-3 medium-pull-4">
          {% else %}
            <div class="small-12 columns">
          {% endif %}
              {{ block.sectionText }}
    {% default %}
      {% set entries = block.sectionArticles %}
      {% if entries | length %}
        <div class="{{ block.backgroundColor }} page-section article-grid">
          <div class="row large-up-4 medium-up-2" data-equalizer data-equalize-on="medium">
            {% for entry in entries %}
              {% if entry.section.handle == "news" %}
                {% include 'news/_includes/feed' %}
              {% elseif entry.section.handle == "pages" %}
                {% include 'pages/_includes/feed' %}
              {% elseif entry.section.handle == "events" %}
                {% include 'events/_includes/feed' %}
              {% endif %}
            {% endfor %}
      {% endif %}
    {% endswitch %}
{% endfor %}

The feed templates are just links and display fine.

The errors occurs on the events/_entry, news/_entry and pages/_entry templates. There is no references of the block 'sectionArticles' in those templates.

One more thing: the error only happens on scheduled entries, where the Post Date is in the future, after the Post Date has arrived.

  • can you please share the template code that seems to be throwing this error?
    – Jalen Davenport
    May 14, 2018 at 15:03
  • How is block getting defined in your template? Are you looping through all of your Matrix blocks?
    – Brad Bell
    May 14, 2018 at 23:20
  • I updated above to include the block and switch. After further research, it turns out that the error is thrown only when a "connectionsTextOnly" block exists. Still doesn't answer the question of why it throws the error after you leave
    – Jono
    May 15, 2018 at 20:59
  • By using {% default %}, you're saying that every block not named connectionsTextOnly is going to have a sectionArticles field in it... is that the case?
    – Brad Bell
    May 16, 2018 at 0:01
  • correct. There are only two block types.
    – Jono
    May 17, 2018 at 0:47

1 Answer 1


Thanks everyone for taking a look. I forgot that I had implemented something on the receiving templates that allowed you to navigate between articles from the newsletter, if the referral url was the newsletter. After I implemented the text only block, I forgot to change this to ignore those blocks.

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