I've been going through posts such as View block not accepting contextual filter argument, Contextual filter on Views Block file not found, How do I get a block to use a URL to configure a contextual filter?, Contextual filters help, Contextual filter with a block view and more to find the solution or my issue with no luck.

In short my contextual filter only works on 1 of 5 pages I want it to work on (they other 4 pages doesn't return any results). The working page is label/artists

I've got a taxonomy vocabulary called site_sections and an artist content-type. I've got a View Block of artist teasers, that I want to filter contextually by a part of the url alias.

I've got a term reference on each artist node to the site_section terms which are

  • label
  • publicity
  • shop
  • management
  • wholesale

My view is a block showing artist teasers. The block is displayed on these URL aliases:

  • label/artists
  • publicity/artists
  • shop/artists
  • management/artists
  • wholesale/artists

My contextual filter:

  1. Content: Site section (field_site_section)


  1. Provide default value: Raw value from URL

  2. Path component: 1

  3. Use path alias: Y


  1. Specify validation criteria: Taxonomy term (site section)

  2. Filter value type: Term name converted to term ID

  3. Transform dashes in URL to spaces in term name filter values: Y

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    Have you considered making 5 clones of the block and manually filtering them for the taxonomy for each site section? Or did you use taxonomy because you expect the site owner to add more sections?
    – Darvanen
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 0:40
  • Yes and yes:). But I'm the site owner so it might not be a disaster. I'm also about to get into the same challenge with a commerce product display. My main focus was to keep the site as clean as possible. You don't think it's possible to achieve via contextual filters? Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 0:43
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    And it might sound like a silly question, but I assume the spelling of your taxonomy and your paths are exactly the same including case (as shown in your question)?
    – Darvanen
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 0:47
  • It wasn't actually, the terms were written with 1st letter capitalized. It's changed now, ran drush cc all - still not working Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 0:53
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    Please disregard my previous comment as I did not take into account that it was a block view. I have duplicated your setup and I am getting the correct result, so your method is correct. There must be something small you are overlooking. Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 4:09

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OK, found my error.

On the artist block configuration I'd copy pasted urls except for the label, it said:

`label/artists shop/artists/ management/artists/ wholesale/artists/ publicity/artists/`

Removing the trailing slashes did the trick.

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