I would like to setup an environment where each of my users will be creating a node every day. I know all of my users won't be able to log in every day and they will want to check what they added on past days. I figured the best way to accomplish adding past days & displaying created content would be checking the url and returning either the node (if they have created one) or the node/add form if they have not.

For example, user 1234 navigates to: url = example.com/user/1234/2011/09/10

If they have a node created with a date field set to this day it would show the node. If not, it returns the node/add form with a hidden field set to the date in the url (easy, I can take care of that).

My first thought was panels/page manager, but I don't see a way to check if a node is created based on a date structure, if it can be accomplished I am all ears. If you think another solution is better... I am all ears!

EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that my original question overlooked a node type. I might have more than one, and I could see this being useful for other people so lets say for arguments sake that the url looks like this:


  • There are many type of nodes, what do you do about that? You can probably solve your problem using Rules module.
    – ram4nd
    Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 7:00
  • You are absolutely correct. In my final use case it would be a custom node type. I will modify my question.
    – Chance G
    Commented Sep 12, 2011 at 7:15
  • I assume you want to do what you wrote in title. Did you try Rules module?
    – ram4nd
    Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 7:07
  • I've used rules in the past but it didn't seem like the best solution in my head :) . How would you setup this rule? I'm assuming you would do some kind of check on the url/node. But would you recommend checking against a 'date field' or just the creation date of the node? Would it be a redirect to node/add/type?
    – Chance G
    Commented Sep 14, 2011 at 7:24
  • I don't know how to do what you need, all I know is that if you don't want to write code Rules module is probably the safest bet.
    – ram4nd
    Commented Sep 16, 2011 at 7:18

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I ended up getting this to work with views, date and some custom code. Basically I created a page view that with a conditional filter for a post date in YYYYMMDD format (a default argument provided by date), if one didn't exist I added some code in the "No Results" field that would load the node creation form with basically:

$form = node_add(arg(0));
print drupal_render($form);

So a url of /story/20110915 would show the story from that date if it existed, otherwise it would show the node/add form for the story content type.

In the final product I actually had the view load an .inc file from my custom module in the "No Results" field (also much faster than editing the view every time while developing). But I think this gets the basic point across.

Sorry @ram4nd if I made it seem like I didn't want to write code, I just was looking for the best approach. So far this seems like it is pretty solid.

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