There are various ways to create lists of nodes in Drupal. So what's different about the Nodequeue Module?
Nodequeue allows you to manually control the order of your nodes. You can use drag and drop to re-order a list of nodes. Whereas a module like Views will automatically publish all of your nodes that meet certain criteria, Nodequeue allows you to control the order of those nodes.
Nodequeue is very often used for slideshows and other site features where you need to choose which articles to show.
Step 1. Install the Nodequeue module
Two additional modules will be automatically installed under Nodequeue. Another will be under Development. The only essential one is Nodequeue itself if you are making simple lists. Smartque taxonomy allows you to create a list from a taxonomy and gives you the same control over it. You won't need Nodequeue Service unless you are an advanced user and have a good understanding of services on Drupal.
There are some optional enhancements to the module available you can install if you need them.
Step 2. Enable Nodqueue Generate
Step 3. Create a Queue
Step 4: Configure the Queue
Step 5. Choose Content Types for the Queue
On our site we don't have any administrator roles except for the super admin, so there is nothing to choose in that section. If you have roles, you will be able to assign permissions.
The queue has now been created. There are three ways to start building your list. We'll show you all of them.
Method 1: Add Nodes to the Queue
Method 2: Add Nodes to the Queue
The second way to add to the list is to type the exact name of the node into the field. You can skip clicking on the Generate Queue Assignments tab and enter the titles directly. Above shows the result of clicking the view link without generating a list first.
Be sure to save anything you add.
Method 3: Add Nodes to the Queue
Conclusion and Views
You have now created a list that can be reordered with simple drag and drop. But you're going to want to show this list on the site. This is now easily done by using the Views module to create a view for display of the list. If you need to know how to use Views, we have a detailed explanation in our Drupal Intermediate Class.
Also, after you've created a nodequeue, go to Structure > Views and there should be a view named nodequeue_1. That will give you a big start towards integrating Nodequeue and Views.
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