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URL field


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Community Member, 153 Posts

25 September 2010 at 6:42am

Hello everyone,

I'm currently working on a site that has a ComplexTableField with a field for adding links. What I would like is for people to put a url in here and for it to add in the http:// prefix if it hasn't already been entered.

Is there a specific field type for the back end that will do this for me?



Community Member, 271 Posts

25 September 2010 at 7:44pm

public function onBeforeWrite() {
      $url = $this->Website;
      if($url) {
         if(substr($url, 0, 8) != 'https://') {
            if(substr($url, 0, 7) != 'http://') {
               $url = $this->Website = 'http://' . $url;
      $this->Website = strtolower($url);


Community Member, 153 Posts

25 September 2010 at 10:38pm

Thanks Martijn,

I thought there may have been a specific field type that would deal with it but your replacement is perfect!



Community Member, 11 Posts

9 January 2014 at 9:58am

Edited: 20/04/2014 3:27am

This may be more useful:

   function setWebsite($URL) {
      if (!$URL || !trim($URL)) return $this->setField('Website','');

      if (!preg_match('/^https?:\/\//i',$URL)) {
         $URL = 'http://'.$URL;
      return $this->setField('Website',$URL);

This will be processed any time $Object->Website = "something" occurs.

I purposefully didn't include strtolower. URLs ARE case sensitive (though domains and protocols are not).