Dynamic Content List (DCL): Explanation of the major options

The following document provides an explanation of the major option sections available in a Dynamic Content List (DCL).

Source settings

The Source settings allow you to specify the types of content you wish to retrieve and how they should be rendered on the page. For example, you could have a list of News Article nodes rendered with the View mode "Teaser", which would display a list of news titles with summaries.

Filters

The Filters tell the DCL to only fetch the content that meets the criteria specified. For example, you could set this to a single taxonomy term and it would retrieve only the content that is tagged to that term. You could also use “Title (Starts with)” to limit the results to those with titles that start with a specific letter.

Sorters

The Sorters allow you to manage the order in which the content is displayed. Common sorting methods include “Field (Alphabetical)”, “Title (Alphabetical)”, and “Field (Date)”.

If you wish to manually manage the order of the content in your list, select the method “Nodequeue Order”. You will then need to specify a Queue and a Subqueue. These will usually be “Content Group Queue” and a taxonomy term that you have previously created. You can then read the article Working with nodequeues for details on how to manage content in a nodequeue.

Categorizers

Categorizers allow you to add categories that users can click on to filter their results. In the example of an A-Z listing below, the top region uses the categorizing method “Title (A-Z)”, which adds all of the letters of the alphabet, while the right side uses “Field (Taxonomy Reference)”, which displays a list of specific taxonomy terms that can be used to refine the results.

Example of DCL categorizers

Groupers

Groupers allow you to divide your list of content into sections with headings. In an A-Z listing (first image below), setting the grouping method to “Title (A-Z)” or “Field (Text)” is what adds the letters as subheadings. In a list of News Articles (second image below), the grouping method “Field (Date)” allows you to display the years or even months as subheadings. Another common grouping method is “Field (Taxonomy Reference)”; this one allows you to display taxonomy terms as subheadings, as is used in the Editors section of this site.

Two examples of groupers in a DCL

Pager

The Pager section allows you to limit to the number of results displayed on a page. By default, the pager is set to unlimited; however, if a limit is set, the DCL will begin paginating the results at the bottom of the list. The pager can also be set to hidden, if desired.

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