This seems like it should be simple, but I can't figure out how to get Page Manager and Pathauto to play nice together.

I'm trying to use Page Manager/Panels for a set of pages of a specific node type. If I use the built-in (System) "node-view" page, the URLs work fine...


But if I try to create my own Pages, I'm forced to use the node id as an argument?


When you get to the arguments for a URL, there is no option to use node title.

My question is... how do I create variants within Page Manager that deliver node content in different ways based on a (clean) URL...





Am I missing something? Or is this really difficult to achieve with Drupal?

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Node titles are not unique, so they cannot be used directly. You need to create page with nice, machine-readable, numerical ID, and then assign it it's own URL Alias. Works similar in Drupal from 5 to 8 as far as I know, menu names might be a bit different, that's all.

Pathauto is nice automation for aliases, but only on nodes. There was already similar, but not identical question with some answers.

  • I see, so removing Pathauto from the equation... I would need to create all of the URL aliases manually? May 20, 2013 at 7:17
  • Either override nodes themselves with panels (linked question, I don't know how but people there says it can be done), create aliases manually, or use pathauto as a code base for writing your pathauto_panels.module and be a hero for many. If there is any other option, well, I hope someone who knows it will add his answer, I would gladly upvote it.
    – Mołot
    May 20, 2013 at 7:21

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