View modes

Why view modes?

Most of the content in our site is driven by Blog articles. However, articles are being displayed in different ways. The Featured Content section shows articles differently than From our Blog. By "different" we don't mean they look different visually (which they do), but the fields displayed in each of the two sections vary. There are common fields such as the image, title, and body, but there are also fields that are unique to each section. Once we get into a full blog node, things look even more different.

There are many ways to manage how the same type of content can be displayed differently depending on the requirements, but one very effective way is to use Drupal's View Modes. View modes allows us to control the fields we want to display on different areas of our website. We are going to setup 3 different view modes: Full content, Featured, and Teaser. Each of these 3 view modes can be configured to display different fields.

Here's our plan with these view modes:

View modePurpose


This will remain untouched so it can serve as template for new view modes we may create in the future

Full content

This will be used when displaying the full node of a blog post (detailed page)


This view mode will be used by the Card Wide variant to build the Featured Content section in the homepage


This view mode will be used by the regular Card component to build the From our blog section in the homepage

Manage fields with view modes

Managing fields with view modes ensures we are letting Drupal do things the way Drupal like to do things for rendering content. Then through the use of twig template suggestions per each view mode we integrate the components we want to use to render our content.

  1. While still in the Article content type, click Manage display

  2. Expand the CUSTOM DISPLAY SETTINGS fieldset

  3. Click the Manage view modes link

  4. Under the Content section click the Add new Content view mode link

  5. Type Featured in the name field and click the Save button

  6. Return to the Article content type Manage display screen

  7. Expand the CUSTOM DISPLAY SETTINGS fieldset

  8. Ensure Full Content, Featured, and Teaser are checked and press the Save button

  1. While still in the Article content type, click Manage display

  2. Click the Featured view mode

  3. Drag the Tags and Links fields into the Disabled section. Tags are not needed in Card Wide.

  4. For the Author field change its format to Rendered entity

  5. Change each of the field's labels to Hidden

  6. For the Body field, change the Format to Trimmed and change the Trim limit to 125 characters by clicking the cogwheel icon to the right of the body field

  7. Click the Update button

  8. We'll comeback to configuring the image field with the right image styles later on

  9. Click the Save button

Teaser view mode

  1. Repeat all the steps above for the Teaser view mode except on step 3, drag the Author, Category, and Links into the Disabled section

  2. For the Tags field, change its format to be Rendered entity

  3. For step 4 above, trim the body text to 160 characters

  4. Click the Save button

Full content view mode

  1. Hide the labels of all the fields

  2. For the Tags and Author fields change their format to Rendered entity

  3. Save your changes

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