I am looking for a way to schedule "Promoted To home page" nodes to appear after a particular time.

When user creates a new node and checks "Promoted To home page", it should not appear immediately on publish on the homepage.

Then need a scheduler which set "Promoted To home page" nodes to appear on front page.

The node will published and visible if accessed directly or seen in other section.

  • Could you give a more detailed description of the steps the user takes in this scenario. (e.g. Is published checked or unchecked when creating the node?
    – devunder
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 7:34
  • @undersound published can be checked or unchecked at the time of creation as I can make a conditional check in the script to show published checked only.
    – Puneet
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 8:45

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You can do this using the Rules module in combination with the "Rules Scheduler" (a submodule of it). After you enable these 2 modules, create a Rules Component and a Rule. Here is a blueprint of doing so:

  • Create a Rules Component which accepts "node" as a parameter, and which has a Rules Action to set the node to "published".
  • Create a Rule like so:
    • Rules Event: Before saving a new node.
    • Rules Actions: (1) set the node to "unpublished" (to be sure it is not "published" when the node is saved) and (2) schedule the Rules Component created in the previous step.

Note: From the comment below this answer (which states "The node will remain Published all the time.") it doesn't seem to apply for the question here, but using a similar approach you could also schedule another Rules Component to mark it unpublished again later on, eg X days after the node gets published. In that case, you use Rules Event "After updating an existing node", combined with a Rules Condition to check if the update changed "unpublished" to "published".

  • Thanks for the reponse. The node will remain Published all the time. The only case is to show on homepage after a certain time.
    – Puneet
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 8:50

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