In Drupal 7 the Teaser view mode automatically comes with a 'read more' theme link. I need to retain the Teaser view mode and then create another called 'Snippet', which is basically the same as Teaser but has a lot less content in the trimmed area.

I created a custom module and added the view mode...

* Implements hook_entity_info_alter().
function mymodule_entity_info_alter(&$entity_info) {
    // Add a custom view mode
    $entity_info['node']['view modes']['snippet'] = array(
        'label' => t('Snippet'),
        'custom settings' => TRUE,

But it doesn't activate the 'read more' link like Teaser does. Can anyone point me in the right direction with this please?

4 Answers 4


You can use Display Suite for this. Each view mode gives you a screen like below with control over fields and pseudo-fields.


  • would welcome feedback on the downvote
    – Andy
    Feb 25, 2014 at 15:15
  • 2
    I didn't downvote you, but my thought is that if you can add new view modes without using DS, you should be able to configure the core-provided links as well.
    – akalata
    Jun 24, 2014 at 20:53
  • @akalata You certainly can by doing it in code, which is more lightweight and flexible. Using DS you can create the view mode and set up the link all via the UI and export to code with Features. You require the DS module, but reduce the complexity in both setting up and maintaining the view mode. Both are valid approaches imho.
    – Andy
    Jun 25, 2014 at 9:53

I took a look here


and here


and came up with this

function YOURMODULE_node_view_alter(&$build) {
    if ($build['#view_mode'] == 'YOURVIEWMODE') {
        // Read more for teas ext
        $node_title_stripped = strip_tags($node->title);
        $links['node-readmore'] = array(
            'title' => t('Read more<span class="element-invisible"> about @title</span>', array('@title' => $node_title_stripped)),
            'href' => 'node/' . $node->nid,
            'html' => TRUE,
            'attributes' => array('rel' => 'tag', 'title' => $node_title_stripped)
        // Assign links
  • 1
    do not use this for D8>
    – Augusto
    Jan 3, 2021 at 12:10

Add a new field 'Content:link' then give it a label none and 'Read more' in text to display.

  • It is useful if "Fields" are used in case of the Format is "Unformatted list", and Show is "Fields". Aug 30, 2016 at 19:53

you may add content and theming options in your


you may customize your content through $node->content.

if you created a custom node you may use


instead of hook_node_view

even you may attach a new tpl file or theming function for your node by $node->content['#theme'] = 'my_theme_item';

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