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Maybe I'm not getting this but for Page manager (Panels) there is two options to create a page either Custom Page or use the System (Node Template).

I need to create a Panel for the news page (/news). I could either create a Custom one and set the path to "/news" OR use the System node_view page and create a Variant where if the Selection rule = This panel will be selected if Current path is "news".

Which way is better? Should I overload the System with many variants where one of them checks if the Current path is "news" or create my own Custom Page for the news page?

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  • I can't tell you which is better, but if /news is a node, then it's probably easier to override the system node template. Also you should use the real path instead of path alias when defining a selection rule, meaning node/XXX instead of news – Beebee Dec 11 '14 at 17:16
  • In the vast majority of cases, you should not have variants based on the URL, but on the content type. – Letharion Dec 11 '14 at 17:26
  • You will only override a system path if you want to change the default behaviour of the path (routing or display), and normally only for a specific context attached to the entity on that path (example: showing an enhanced 'article' to 'editors'). – J. Reynolds Dec 11 '14 at 17:28
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A page provides a certain context.

For node_view, it happens to be a node.

There's no benefit to creating a custom page just to provide the same context.

You'd want to add a new page however, if you, for example, wanted both a node and a taxonomy term as context.

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It's not a matter of which one is better, but what you are trying to achieve.

  • If you want to change what the system does when people view a node /node/%node, then you need to make a variant on that system page.

  • If you want to make a new page that does something different like /news then you need a custom page.

Each page listed in Page Manager must have a different URL, each variant within a page will have the same URL (except for arguments %mandatory and !optional).

So you actually cannot have a variant for news inside the node/%node system page.


One of the most common uses for a custom page is to display a view, which is what I assume your /news page to be.

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