I have a field of type hyperlink in a blog list and I want the title field to link to that URL if it's populated but to default to the list item URL if not.

I added the display (and internal) name "Link" to the CQWP link field and was pretty sure it worked...but somehow I must have deluded myself into thinking MSFT had actually made something easy because now when I remove the URL from the link field, it defaults to the URL of the page I'm on.

Is there a way using jQuery or other scripts, to do something like

If link field is empty, render the item URL;if not, render the link in the link field.


The recommended solution is to modify/create an Item Style in the ItemStyle.xsl file located at Site Content > Style Library > XSL Style Sheets.

It requires that you are experienced with XSLT.

If we say that you want the CQWP to just show a list of links to blogs, a suggested solution could look something like this:

<xsl:template name="BlogListItem" match="Row[@Style='BlogListItem']" mode="itemstyle">
    <xsl:variable name="SafeLinkUrl">
        <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetSafeLink">
            <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'LinkUrl'"/>

    <!-- Variable holding the value of the blog items link field -->
    <xsl:variable name="AlternativeLinkUrl">
        <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetSafeLink">
            <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'Custom_Internal_Link_Column_Name_Here'"/>

    <xsl:variable name="DisplayTitle">
        <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.GetTitle">
            <xsl:with-param name="Title" select="@Title"/>
            <xsl:with-param name="UrlColumnName" select="'LinkUrl'"/>
    <div class="item link-item">
        <xsl:call-template name="OuterTemplate.CallPresenceStatusIconTemplate"/>

        <!-- Insert anchor start tag depending on whether or not the Link field is set. -->
            <!-- If it's not set, insert the default title link -->
            <xsl:when test="string-length($AlternativeLinkUrl) = 0"> 
                <a href="{$SafeLinkUrl}" title="{@LinkToolTip}">
            <!-- otherwise insert the Link field url -->
                <a href="{$AlternativeLinkUrl}" title="{@LinkToolTip}">

            <xsl:if test="$ItemsHaveStreams = 'True'">
                <xsl:attribute name="onclick">
                    <xsl:value-of select="@OnClickForWebRendering"/>
            <xsl:if test="$ItemsHaveStreams != 'True' and @OpenInNewWindow = 'True'">
                <xsl:attribute name="onclick">
                    <xsl:value-of disable-output-escaping="yes" select="$OnClickTargetAttribute"/>
            <xsl:value-of select="$DisplayTitle"/>
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