I have a portfolio showing somes nodes (views3 + views slideshow using cycle). Everything works fine, I've a default path /portfolio to access to it.

However, I'm trying to set a path for each slide. I would like to use /portfolio/%nid and using %nid in views to default the first viewed slide to this node id.

Anyone know how it is possible ? I've tried with UI but I don't think it is enough.

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In jQuery Cycle there is an option called startingSlide. By default this is set to 0, like this: startingSlide: 0

If I remember correctly there is a tab/textarea for advanced settings where you can add options to jQuery Cycle from within the Views UI. I think you can add "startingSlide: 5" for example there.

You will need to find out which is the starting slide (convert the %nid to which row in the view it is) and add it as a HTML element. When that is in place we can fetch it with jQuery and add it as a jQuery Cycle option. I'm not sure which is the best way but I think you could do something like:

    function MYMODULE_views_pre_render(&$view) {
      if($view->name == "MYVIEW") {
        $view->attachment_after = $startingslide;

You will have to add more code to find out $startingslide there of course. Look inside $view->result and find out which of the rows that is the argument, that will be your $startingslide. Use dpm() on the view to search through the object.

Hope this will help you. Let me know what you ended up doing :)


You could add an exposed filter to your view, configure it to show nids greater than the provided value, and mimic it's URL accordingly.

for example /portfolio?nid_is_greater_than=3

You could then hide your filter with css.

  • I'd use an argument (contextual filter) rather than an exposed filter - unless there are already arguments in use and this extra one would mess with the handling of those. Mar 20, 2013 at 14:51
  • I know of no way to compare a field value to a contextual filter value.
    – user5005
    Mar 29, 2013 at 14:46
  • Good point. Must have been half-asleep when I posted the previous comment, sorry. Mar 30, 2013 at 16:09

Since your problem is about appearance, not about structure I suggest to not solve it on the server and not in the URL path but on the client with a URL fragement: /portfolio#slide-[nid].

I've not read the javascript code of views slideshow + cycle, but I guess it's quite easy to adopt it's behavior to read the URL fragment on initialization of the slideshow. Or maybe there is already such a logic implemented which you could use...


How about using 'Rewrite Output Results' option in Fields section of Views?

  1. In Views, go to Configure (Image) Field > Rewrite Results
  2. Check the 'Output this field as a link' checkbox
  3. Enter the Link Path (nid/) and other details
  4. Click on Apply
  5. Save View

Hope this helps.


Views passes off the display to node_view() in that case, and doesn't get involved with the markup for the row.

The easiest way to do what you want is to implement hook_preprocess_node(), look for a View in the current context, and if the node is being rendered as part of that display, you can make some alterations.


function MYMODULE_preprocess_node(&$vars) {
  if (!empty($vars['view']) && $vars['view']->view_name == 'foo') {
    $nid = $vars['node']->nid;
    $vars['extra_link'] = l('Some text', "node/$nid");

In your node.tpl.php file you'll have access to $extra_link.

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