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Nolan enables a very simple matrix style field within Pixel & Tonic's Matrix or native ExpressionEngine Grid fields - essentially a lightweight matrix within a matrix!


Installing / Usage

Install the Nolan Fieldtype and you'll see 'Nolan' as an available celltype when configuring Matrix or Grid. Two required configuration fields are Column Labels and Column Names.

'Column Labels' are what your publishers see, and 'Column Names' are what you reference in templates.

For example, I have Matrix or Grid field with a short name of 'teams', a Nolan cell with a short name of 'players', and I want it to contain first and last names of team players along with their position in the game.

Nolan Configuration

In Column Labels, I'd enter: First Name | Last Name | Position
In Column Names, I'd enter: first_name | last_name | position


For Matrix

{teams} <!-- matrix field -->
    {players}<!-- nolan cell -->
        {first_name}, {last_name} - {position}

For Grid

{teams} <!-- grid field -->
    {teams:players}<!-- nolan cell -->
        {first_name}, {last_name} - {position}

Additional variables available are:

{total_nolan_cols} - Number of columns in the Nolan cell
{total_nolan_rows} - Number of rows in the Nolan cell
{nolan_row_count} - Same as {count} to avoid variable clashes


limit="3" - limit the returned rows
backspace="1" - remove end characters from the final output
offset="1" - skip initial rows

Updating from Nolan 1.x

Due to a bug in the way EE fieldtypes get updated, it is extremely important you follow the instructions below carefully. You must follow these steps to keep your Nolan data in-tact when upgrading.

  • Please backup your database
  • Replace the old 1.x Nolan files and folders with Nolan v2
  • With a SQL editor, browse the exp_fieldtypes table, and update the nolan row to have the value of has_global_settings to y.
  • In your EE control panel, visit Add-Ons -> Fieldtypes, and click on "Nolan".
  • That's it, Nolan has been updated to 2.x


Due to the simple storage method of Nolan, changing a Nolan cell's short name will not update existing values set, so choose your short names wisely.

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