How to use Nodequeue to provide content for Advanced dynamic display block slideshows

Links refer to the existing tutorial on this site.

Modules used:

The following modules have to be installed and enabled:

Dynamic display block module (RC6)
jQuery update module
CCK module
Views module
filefield module
imagefield module
imageapi module
imagecache (optional)
Nodequeue

Note: For detailed instruction on how to install and enable the required modules, see Installation page.

Create content
Before nodequeue can be used content needs to be created. We first create the News item content type and create content.

  1. Create a content type - follow the detailed instruction at: Create News item content type, e.g (News item).
  2. Create nodes - follow the detailed instruction at: Create a news item node (Create at least 2 nodes for the advanced dynamic display block slidehow).

Enable and configure nodequeue for content type News item

  1. Enable the Nodequeue - Nodequeue module at Admin > Site building > Modules.
  2. Go to Admin > Content management > Nodequeue.
  3. Click Add nodequeue tab.
    Adding nodequeue
  4. Fill in the following fields:
    1. Title - name of the queue, e.g (Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock).
    2. Queue size - number of nodes to appear for your nodequeue, e.g(6).
    3. Reverse in admin view - (optional).
    4. Link "add to queue" text: - (optional).
    5. Link "remove from queue" text: - (optional).
    6. Types - Content type to use for the nodequeue. E.g (Check the checkbox in front of News item).
    7. Click Submit button.

Editing nodequeue

Adding nodes to the nodequeue:

Path for adding a node for the queue:

  1. Go to Admin > Content management > Nodequeue, the title name of the nodequeue been created. E.g (Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock).
  2. Click the View link under Operation.
    Editing Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock

    Note:To add a node you only have to type the first few letters of the node title of the nodes you want to add. The widget will filter the nodes which comply to this first few letters. You can now easily select the node to add.

  3. Fill in the the first few letters of the title of the node to add.
  4. Select the node you want to add from the list
  5. Click Add button.
  6. Add at least 2 nodes to the queue.
  7. Click Save button.

Adding a node for a queue

Add fields to nodequeue view

Information: Adding a nodequeue will automatically create a view. You need to add fields from the content type to this view, so you can use them with the dynamic display block slideshow.

Path to edit the views Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock:

  1. Go to Admin > Site building > Views.
  2. Click Edit tab of the Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock.
  3. Editing Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock view

    The screenshot below shows an overview of the Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock view settings page. The settings to be overridden or where settings are added, are wrapped in black rectangles.

  4. Click Block tab at the left side of the page.
  5. Edit Fields - follow the detailed instruction at: Views Fields
  6. Click Save button.

Editing Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock view

Enable the News item content type and the nodequeue view for the dynamic display block module
You have to enable the News item content type and the nodequeue 'Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock' view on the settings page of the Dynamic display block module.

Path to dynamic display block settings page:

  1. Navigate to Administer > Site configuration > Dynamic display block.
  2. Click the Settings tab.

Enable News item content type and Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock view.

  1. Select the checkbox next to: News item under Content types.
  2. Select the checkbox next to: views - views - Queue 'Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock' under Blocks.
  3. Click Save configuration button.

    Note:If you get the error message: "An illegal choice has been detected. Please contact the site administrator." you have to delete the quotes (') from the "Block admin description" in the "Block settings" in the view created by nodequeue.

steps to do this:

  1. Go to the view created by nodequeue
  2. Select the "Block" display
  3. At the bottom of the first column find the "Block Settings" area (this is where you edit the path for page displays)
  4. Remove the single quotes in the name
  5. Save your view

Configuring the setting page at dynamic display block

Create Dynamic display block instance of the Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock view.

Path to dynamic display block instance page:

  1. Navigate to Administer > Site configuration > Dynamic display block.
  2. Click the Instance tab.

Create instance.

  1. Type a unique instance title in the Instance title textfield e.g Ddblock slideshow using nodequeue.
  2. Select views - Queue 'Nodequeue example with advanced ddblock' in the Block type.
  3. Click the Add Instance button.

Adding an instance for the dynamic display block

Configure the block - ddblock slideshow using nodequeue.

Path to Dynamic display block configuration page:

  1. Navigate to Administer > Site configuration > Dynamic display block in the admin menu.
  2. Find ddblock slideshow using nodequeue in the list of your block instance.
  3. Click the Configure block link.

Follow the detailed instruction of the Preprocess functions.

Ddblock free themes and export files:
Download the free Dynamic display block theme files and Dynamic display block export files at the download page. The preprocess function code is already a package in the Export_files.zip.

Dynamic display block themes
Follow the detailed instruction of the Dynamic display block theme page.

Note: Follow the instructions at the Preprocess functions page. In this case, we use another view name aside from the default view_name news item in the preprocess function.

Uncomment the drupal_set_message lines at the top of the two preprocess function.

[theme_name]_preprocess_ddblock_cycle_block_content and
[theme_name]_preprocess_ddblock_cycle_pager_content.

Display advanced Dynamic display block slideshow:

Follow the detailed instruction on how to Display advanced Dynamic display block slideshow.

Note: In the how to display Dynamic display block slideshow tutorial page, the block name should be Ddblock slideshow using nodequeue instead of ddblock-News item slideshow.

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