VMG Nested


Andrew Kaslick - Vector Media Group

3rd Party (Free)

471 downloads (last 90 days)

Download v1.0

EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 2


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An extremely flexible plugin for ExpressionEngine that allows for more flexibility when nesting any module and plugin tags within others, including the ability to add variable prefixes to any tags. VMG Nested supports third party modules and plugins.

You can nest the same tag multiple times, with different parameter prefixes on each level.

One of many uses for this is allowing exp:channel:entries tags to be nested inside of each other without the need for embeds.


  • Add the vmg_nested folder to system/expressionengine/third_party
  • Check that it shows in the control panel Plugins list


For best results, use the prefix=’‘ parameter to avoid collisions. You can use the other module or plugin tag as you normally would, but instead of starting the tag name {exp:, start it with {exp:vmg_nested:.

For instance, let’s say you want to nest an {exp:channel:entries} tag inside another one. Use the outside one as normal, and then inside use something like {exp:vmg_nested:channel_entries prefix=‘inner’} (with any prefix you’d like).

{exp:channel:entries channel="news"}
        {exp:vmg_nested:channel:entries channel="blog" prefix="blog"}

                {if blog:no_results}{redirect="404"}{/if}

        {!-- Third Party Modules. All tag parameters from the original
                module tag can be used. --}

        {!-- Example: Solspace Tag. "marker" is one of the Tag module's parameters. --}
        {exp:vmg_nested:tag:entries prefix="tag_entry" marker="department"}

        {!-- Example: Profile:Edit module --}
        {exp:vmg_nested:profile:view member_id="{author_id}" prefix="author" parse="inward"}
                {exp:ce_img:single src="{author:cf_profile_image}" max_width="70" max_height="70"}


“I’ve used it and it is definitely 5 stars”
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We’ve tested this with a number of third party addons and haven’t found any issues, but let us know if you find anything it doesn’t work with. It’d be helpful to supply relevant version numbers.

VMG Nested requires ExpressionEngine 2.5.0+ and PHP 5.3+.


There’s no warranty of any kind. If you find a bug, please report it or submit a pull request with a fix. It’s provided completely as-is; if something breaks, you lose data, or something else bad happens, the author(s) and owner(s) of this add-on are in no way responsible.

This add-on is owned by Vector Media Group, Inc. You can modify it and use it for your own personal or commercial projects, but you can’t redistribute it.

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EE Support Downloads Add-On Version Release Date
Not Specified Download 1.0 Dec 11, 2013

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This entry was created December 11, 2013, 4:49 pm.
This entry was last updated December 12, 2013, 5:34 am.

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3 Reviews:

Al Auad 11.04.15

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Can’t believe I was not using it before, this is a problem solver. Thanks for this amazing piece of art.

Rene Merino 10.09.15

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This plugin solved in minutes what had me struggling for quite some time. Would give more stars if I could!

Steven Mercatante 02.01.14

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I love this plugin - it provides a simple and elegant solution to a complex problem, and has saved me from many headaches. This should be built into EE by default.