I have overriden the default /node/%node layout using panels and the page manager, now I need to add some different content when the URL is /node/%node/step2.

I have added a variant, and on the selection rules I added the URL path on /node/*/step2. I also tried different URL paths like /node/%node/step2 or even */step2.

But if I go to that URL it doesn't show up, and returns me a 404. This seems odd since that, if no other variant would be found (like my new /node/%node/step2), the default /node/%node page should be shown instead of a 404.

So my question is: why am I receiving a 404 instead of my "step2" variant, or even the default node page?

I'm using Page Manager 7.x-1.12.

  • do you have any content at that address?
    – Geoff
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 20:57
  • No, I need this to be a new page but based on the node content
    – Ramy Deeb
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 2:00
  • it sounds like you're telling panels that there is a menu entry (content) at that address, and that panels should take over for the output, so when you try to navigate to the address it fails because there's no content
    – Geoff
    Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 3:12

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I don't know if this is the only way to do it but I just add custom pages at /admin/structure/pages like:


I guess there are some benefits to doing it separately instead of as a variant of the main /node/%node because now your selection rules etc. are easy to manage for different content types, for example.

Your arguments page should look like this:

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  • Thanks for the tip, this is indeed how I solved it for now. I'm still looking for a way to add variants to existing pages like for example the node_edit page with path /node/%node/edit. The same happens there: when I add a variant with path node/*/edit/step2 it results in a 404. Commented Jul 12, 2017 at 6:20
  • Doesn't it work if you create a new page for /node/%node/edit/step2 ? Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 3:53
  • It does. However, what would I do when I want a step3? Create a new page altogether? Or either create a page for node/%node/edit/steps with a variant node/%node/edit/steps/step2, step3, ... Commented Jul 15, 2017 at 7:13

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