24. Creating a dynamic frontpage with Volto blocks#
Show selected content on the front page.
In this part you will:
Use a listing block to show content marked as "featured"
Configure additional criterion for a listing block
We prepared a behavior for content types to store the information if the content should be featured in the previous chapter. And we enhanced the catalog search by adding index and metadata "featured". Now we turn this into a criterion for a listing block that shows featured content.
24.1. Add Index as collection criterion#
To understand why we need a collection criterion for a dynamic frontpage in Volto and what a collection criterion is, we have to look at the listing block of Volto.
In the sidebar we see the
criteria selection and if we click there, it'll show some of the selectable criterions ordered in categories like the following:
Metadatacontains indexes that are counting as metadata like Type (means Portal Types) and Review State
Textcontains indexes that are counting as text-data like Description and Searchable Text
Datescontains indexes which are working with date-data like Effective Date and Creation Date
To get all talks we marked as
featured we have to get the listing block to recognize our newly created index.
This means we have to add our index to the collection criterions, so we can select it.
To add our new index as a criterion to be appliable in a listing block or a collection, we have to switch to our
backend. There we have to create a plone.app.registry record for our index. This can be achieved by adding a new file
1<?xml version="1.0"?> 2<registry xmlns:i18n="http://xml.zope.org/namespaces/i18n" 3 i18n:domain="plone"> 4 5 <records interface="plone.app.querystring.interfaces.IQueryField" 6 prefix="plone.app.querystring.field.featured"> 7 <value key="title" i18n:translate="">Featured</value> 8 <value key="enabled">True</value> 9 <value key="sortable">False</value> 10 <value key="operations"> 11 <element>plone.app.querystring.operation.boolean.isTrue</element> 12 <element>plone.app.querystring.operation.boolean.isFalse</element> 13 </value> 14 <value key="group" i18n:translate="">Metadata</value> 15 </records> 16 17</registry>
To understand this code snippet, we have to know the information and tags we are using:
plone.app.querystring.field.featuredrefers to the featured index we just created.
The operations elements define the provided criterion values to filter the listing.
The group value defines the group under which the entry shows up in the selection widget, in our case
For a full list of all existing QueryField declarations see plone/plone.app.querystring
For a full list of all existing operations see plone/plone.app.querystring
Like explained in the last chapter we can now restart the instance and import the newly added profile by using the
portal_setup in our ZMI.
24.2. Add a listing block to show the featured content#
Now we will go back to our frontend.
To create a new listing block on the front-page we have to click on
edit and then create one new block.
Now you choose the block
Listing from the menu:
You will gain a new block and sidebar looking like this:
24.3. Outlook: block variations#
The listing block comes with default variations for the display. The editor can choose from these variations to change the template for the listing: with thumbnail image or without, etc.. Your project maybe needs a custom template. The way to go would be to create an additional variation of the listing block. See Block variations for more information.