I'd like my users to be able to write a bio on their profile page. Therefore, I added a long text field called 'Bio' to the user accounts. I created a view that shows the user's bio and wanted to add a link to only let the user edit his/her bio. Unfortunately, I only found a link that redirects the user to a page where he/she can edit his/her whole profile - which isn't exactly what I want.

Did I miss something?

I tried to solve this in another way. I created a content type called 'Bio' and a rule that creates a 'Bio' node with title My bio automatically when a user is created. Users don't have permission to add another bio, but they can edit their own 'standard' one. Now, I don't want the title field to be displayed on the edit form, because I'd like the titles to remain My bio.

How can I do this?

  • you can use hook_form_alter to hide title in second option. Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 18:56

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Re: the second/existing option, if you have a custom module already, could do a form_alter() on the node form to remove the title field. Or, you could look into the auto_nodetitle module that does this for you:

"auto_nodetitle" is a small and efficient module that allows hiding of the content title field in the form. To prevent empty content title fields one can configure it to generate the title by a given pattern.

When the token module is installed it's possible to use various node data for the auto generated title - e.g. use the text of a CCK field (since 5.x).

Advanced users can also provide some PHP code, that is used for automatically generating an appropriate title.

If instead you wanted to stay/go back to the first option, you could create a menu link/path like user/%/edit/bio that presents the user_profile_form that has been form_alter()ed to show only the bio field based upon the fact that it was called from this new path.

  • Which option is the most efficient according to you?
    – Jeroen
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 20:40
  • Both ways are pretty much equal efficiency wise. Easewise, the auto_nodetitle should do all you want pretty much "out of the box" without any/much further programming on your part.
    – Jimajamma
    Commented Nov 17, 2013 at 21:13
  • Thanks a lot for your detailed answer. I'm using the Automatic Nodetitles module and it does exactly what I want!
    – Jeroen
    Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 17:22

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