Drupal 7: How to Show a Custom Image When No Image is Provided

Updated: 8 February, 2023 seen 2,336

In Drupal 7, managing images can be quite challenging, especially when the default image is not provided. The platform provides an option to display a default image under "manage fields," but this approach can be limiting as the same default image will be displayed wherever the image field is used.

To overcome this limitation, you can follow these steps:

  1. Disable the default image option under the image field settings.
  2. Create a view that contains the image and filter the results you want to display.
  3. Under the image settings, open the "No result behavior" section and add the path to your custom image.

With these steps, you can have complete control over the image display, and the custom default image will only be shown when no images have been added to the image field.

 

  1. Another solution to display a custom default image is to use conditional statements in your theme’s template file. If you have a custom theme, you can add the following code to the template file where the image field is displayed:

{% if image_field is empty %} <img src="path/to/your/default/image.jpg" alt="Default Image"> {% else %} {{ image_field }} {% endif %}

This code will check if the image field is empty and if it is, it will display the custom default image you specified. If there is an image present, it will display that instead.

In Drupal 8, the process is similar, but with some differences. You can follow these steps to display a custom default image in Drupal 8:

  1. Create a view containing image field and filter the results you would like to display.
  2. Go to the view display settings and under the Format section, click on Settings next to the Image field.
  3. Under Image style, choose the style you want to use for the images.
  4. Under No results behavior, choose the path to your custom default image.

With these steps, you can have complete control over the display of default images in your Drupal website.

In conclusion, there are several ways to display a custom default image in Drupal, whether it be through the Views module, or through the use of conditional statements in your theme’s template file. With a custom default image, you can ensure that your website always looks polished and professional, even if an image is not provided.

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