I can't get taxonomy menu links working properly with contextual arguments in Views.

This is what I have done:

0) I create a menu called: Catalog menu

1) I create a Vocabulary called: Catalog terms and in the Taxonomy menu area I set Catalog menu for the Menu location (I have Taxonomy menu module enabled which allow me to do this)

2) I the Catalog vocabulary I added 2 terms: Cars and Phones

3) In admin/config/search/path/patterns I set Pattern for all Catálogo taxonomy paths to catalog/[term:name]

4) In admin/structure/block I enable the Catalog menu block to the First sidebar

So far so good. I have a menu in my first sidebar with the links: cars and phones.

5) I have a content type called Products with a field of the type Term reference called: field_catalog

6) Now I create a new view called: Catalog view where I need to show Products which has an specific term in the url. The path of this view is catalog

7) I added a RELATIONSHIP called: Content (field_catalog)

8) I added a CONTEXTUAL FILTERS called Taxonomy term: Name using the previous relationship

Now if I enter "cars" in the Auto preview Preview with contextual filters: area it works fine. It only shows products that has cars term.

So the Catalog Menus is fine and the view is fine.

But if I go to the url www.mysite.com/en/catalog/cars it takes me to the list of content that has the temr cars. Here I need to show the Catalog view passing cars as an argument and not that list.

  • Slightly off topic but I like how you started your ordered list with 0. Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 14:37

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You have made one mistake that is easy to make. The alias created in the menu doesn't change the "true" url. So when you go to catalog/cars Drupal will perceive that as taxonomy/term/[tid].

What you could do instead is to enable the default taxonomy term view that ships with Views (which uses taxonomy/term/[tid] as the path) and then set it up like you want.

See Screen shot: Views page

  • I don't get it. Could you please explain how to do it? Where do I do these changes?
    – chefnelone
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 15:19
  • IN the list of available views you will find one with the taxonomy/term/% path. that is the one you want to enable and create your view in.
    – Ashlar
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 17:45
  • Thanks what you said is useful, but I will try a different approach. I will create a view listing terms as a html list, so that I'll get the menu as a block.
    – chefnelone
    Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 19:47

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