Creating Feature Slideshows and Slides

There are two (2) steps involved to creating a Feature slideshow: 

  1. The first step is to go to Add new content and make a Feature Slideshow Slide. Repeat until all your new slides are created.
  2. The next step is to create a container for your slides by making a Feature Slideshow.
  3. Note that if the Feature Slideshow already exists, once your new slide is created and published, use Find Content and limit by Feature Slideshow to locate the slideshow.  Add the new slide to the Feature Slide section of the Slideshow content type.Reorder the slides or take old slides out of the show. Save and check out the slideshow.

Create New Slides for Feature Slideshow

  1. Log in to your microsite. 
  2. Choose Add content.
  3. Select Feature Slideshow Slide.


Although Titles don’t display, the items order by label.  Use clear, descriptive labels on all content types to make selections easier. screenshot of Add Content Feature Slideshow SlideIf you re-label tab titles after first publication, you have to re-save the Tab Group to update what displays.

Another trick is to include the number of the slide in the title if you want all of them to display in a specific order.

Finally, include the size of the image in the name, (Normal, or LARGE), so it is easier to select the slides you need for a particular slideshow.



Leave blank for homepage slides. You can add text to the body, but it covers about 40% of the image. Usually your image contains the text that you want to display.  Just be sure to include alternate text when inserting any images. 

Feature Image

screenshot of Feature Image browse button and orientation drop down is either Bottom or top

Browse to upload the image for this slide. Check out the page on how to design Feature Slide image parameters for the proper image sizes and formats.  Always add ALT text to the images that you insert in to the WYSIWYG editor.

Slide Link

This is the link that you want visitors to go, if they click on the Feature Slideshow Slide.  Remember if it is within, use a relative path, meaning you don't need to include the, but you will need to use the leading slash with the microsite and rest of the path you want the user to arrive at.

If you are pointing them OUTSIDE of the ALA website, then you can paste the entire URL or an absolute path.

Text Orientation

The orientation of Bottom is the default.  Be sure to review once you have completed your Feature Slideshow container, when reviewing the final results.

Create Feature Slideshow

When finished uploading each image that will display in a slideshow, you are ready to create its container,  a new content type in Drupal called Feature Slideshow. Of course, if the Feature Slideshow already exists, just enter it in edit mode and check the box to add your new slides. Save to publish, and you're done. The instructions below are for setting up a new container for a new display path.

  1. Assuming that you are still logged into the website,
  2. Choose Add content,
  3. Select Feature Slideshow

Screenshot of slideshow size and slide selection checkboxesSlideshow Size

Choose the Slideshow Size based on your page setup and the size of the slide template you’re using. (If you intend to have multiple slideshows on your site, and if you are going to have them in different sizes, be sure to include size in your slide Titles so that you don’t accidentally select the wrong size slide.

Feature Slide

Choose the checkbox next to the Feature Slides to be included from the alphabetical list that will display.

Block URL

The Block URL path for your homepage is usually the word home. If that doesn’t work, try <front>;

For others locations, use the directory path of the page you want it to display on. For example, for this page on the Support site, with URL of, the path will be drupal/leftnav.

Do not include:

  • or
  • your first directory or
  • leading forward slash at the beginning or end. If you do, the item will not display.

Block Placement

Block Placement can be above or below existing content (and also on a page with no other content). If you set a Feature Slideshow and a Tab Group to both display in the same area, the slides will always display above the tabs.