On my site I have two front pages:

  • node/31, for anonymous users
  • calendar-node-field-journal-date/month, for logged in users

When a users clicks on the front page (which is rendered as $front_page in my page.tpl.php file), I want them to be taken to the appropriate front page.

However, if a logged in user goes to node/31 directly (e.g. by not clicking on the front page link) they should still be able to see the node (and not be re-directed).

After researching, I've found Rules is the best way to do this and there are instructions here. However, this re-directs logged in users when they visit node/31. How can I get the Rule to only run when the user clicks on the $front_page link and not on the direct node/31 link?

I don't want to set it up via my theme, as I am sharing the theme on a multi-site. I also don't really want to install other modules, as I am already using Rules for other things.


I would recommend the Front Page module, not rules:

The Front Page module allows for customised home pages dependant on role. The pages can be of the following types:

Alias (only 2.x branch) - Allows for another Drupal path to be shown as the home page without redirecting the user.

Redirect - Allows you to redirect users to a local or remote URL.

Themed - Allows you to enter some static text that will be placed into the content area > of a standard Drupal page. Full - Allows for static content to be displayed to the screen as is. This method does not pass through Drupal's theming system.

  • this has the same problem as rules: If the logged-in user clicks on node/31 directly they will be taken to the front page. Thanks for your help! – big_smile May 7 '15 at 9:21
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    then I would suspect that that is expected behaviour - since Drupal associates the node with the Front page, it assumes your intent was to view the front page when the node is viewed – Geoff May 7 '15 at 14:16

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