XF 1.4 Display content differently on forum_list vs. forum_view

Hi, how can I display content from a template differently when loaded through the forum_list template than when loaded through the forum_view template? I am trying to display a slightly different node_forum_level_2 template for the homepage vs. the forum view page. I have tried the following code with no luck. In fact, nothing shows at all:

<xen:if is="{$contentTemplate} == 'forum_list'">
Display content version 1
</xen:elseif />
Display content version 2
Neither one displays anything.

According to Brogan's conditional guide, including how to find the correct template names, this should work.

24. How can I show content on a specific page?
<xen:if is="{$contentTemplate} == 'xyz'">
This content will show on the xyz template
Via: https://xenforo.com/community/resources/conditional-statements.1604/

Help would be greatly appreciated.


XenForo moderator
Staff member
Ensure the variable is available in the template you are running the code.

You can check that by dumping it like so: {xen:helper dump, $variable}

Also, your else should just be <xen:else />.
I typod the else tag. Sorry about that. Didn't work with that fixed either.

I tried the variable check you recommended and it returned "NULL".

So how then can I achieve what I'm aiming for? Basically, I want to display a different node_forum_level_2 template on the homepage than is displayed on the forum pages. Right now they both use the same template, so I tried to put the condition in that template. If I can create a new template and somehow use that instead for the subforum listings within a forum view page, that would work too. Is this possible, and if so, what is the best way to do it?


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Staff member
If it's simple changes it could be done with CSS and specificity.

For structural changes though, having different template code is likely easier.
Yes it's more than just CSS stuff. How can I specify to use a different template for each? If that works then that would be perfect for me.
Does anybody know if this is possible? Sorry for the double post. Just anxious to get this up and running and I need to achieve this functionality in order to do so.