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4 October 2010 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
In this two part tutorial, I am going to show you how to display DataObjects as if they were pages. This is often very useful for times when you have lots of items that don't warrant full site tree objects, but do need to be displayed on their own on the site. In this first part displaying Staff Members we are going to keep it simple, using a Data Object Manager to manage our Staff Members and referring to their ID in the URL. Later in part 2, we will see how to use ModelAdmin to manage a Search Engine friendly product catalogue.Continue reading...
TutorialsDataObject as Pages: The Module
24 January 2012 | |Tweet
It's been a while since we published the DataObject as Pages series of tutorials, which have proved to be particularly popular. At Aab Web we use those techniques regularly as a way to allow our clients to mange large amounts of flat content or content that is distributed in multiple places throughout a site. Although the final implementations in each project are often varied and bespoke, they all start with the basics outlined in those tutorials, so it made sense for us to build a starting point to work from (and include some more complex features at the same time). That starting point is this module, catchily entitled: DataObject as Pages.Continue reading...
TutorialsDataObjects as Pages - Part 2: Using Model Admin and URL Segments to create a product catalogue
14 November 2010 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
We now know the basics of using DataObjects as Pages from Part 1 of this tutorial. In part 2, we are now going to look at taking this further and creating a basic product catalogue with products that are DataObjects managed via the ModelAdmin interface. This tutorial will also serve as an introduction to ModelAdmin it self, which is an extremely powerful CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) manager for any type of DataObject, whether used as pages or not.Continue reading...
3 May 2009 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
In this tutorial we are going to create a very simple contact form, like those commonly seen on most contact-us pages. This is a great introduction to SilverStripe forms for those new to the Subject and should also provide enough functionality for most people to use straight out of the box.Continue reading...
20 December 2010 | |Tweet
These days many sites require users to register to get full functionality (SSbits included!). This is something that although not avaiable out of the box in SilverStripe is quite strait forward and a great way to gain a better understanding of both the Member and Form systems. In this tutorial we are going to create a simple registration form and a page for users to then edit their details.Continue reading...
29 June 2012 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
One of my clients wanted a clear interface from which he could easily attach downloadable files to some pages of his site. Instead of using modelAdmin and granting him an access to Silverstripe admin panel, I chose to create a front-end page showing a simple upload form, a list of the files previously uploaded to the server, and a delete button for each of them.Continue reading...
28 April 2010 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
SilverStripe 2.4 has introduced shortcodes to the CMS editor. Simply, the CMS user can now add short BBCode style code to the editor area and it can then be replaced using a predefined function. For example [link id=23] could be replaced by the link to Page with an ID of 23. In fact that is exactly how internal links created in the links sidebar work in 2.4, preventing them from breaking when URLs change.Continue reading...
9 April 2011 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
I recently had a request to build a multilingual site for an accountant who wanted to enter content in English, Romanian and Russian, and wanted their site visitors to be able to switch languages by clicking on the image of the country flag - and I was pleasantly surprised to learn how quick and easy it is to implement using Silverstripe's Translatable class.Continue reading...
31 May 2011 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
The Silverstripe blog module is great and its made its way into many of my Silverstripe sites. However, for most designers it is missing one vital aspect; an image field for each post. In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to quickly add an image to the blog module without editing any of it's files, allowing hassle free upgrading in future.Continue reading...
SnippetsA _config.php Cheatsheet
2 July 2010 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
If your anything like me, you've probably found yourself going through your previous sites looking for that line of code to put in your _config.php file. Well, now you nolonger need to, simply bookmark this page and return to it any time you need to add a line to your config! And if I've missed out anything leave a comment and I'll make sure it gets added :)Continue reading...
SnippetsA Data Object Manager Cheatsheet
6 October 2010 | |Tweet
We all love the DataObject Manager (DOM, not to be confused with the Document Object Model) as well as its creator UncleCheese of LeftAndMain.com. However one thing which has always frustrated me is having to look back through my code or even worse having to search the forums to find that function to set the upload folder, or create a filter for my DOM. So here within this page, lies a comprehensive list of all the things you can do with your DOM and File/ImageDOM. Viva la DOM!Continue reading...
4 February 2010 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
SilverStripes comment system is great when you don't need anything more than the standard feilds, but as soon as you need some extra functionality, things get a little complicated. In this tutorial we will be adding an Email field to the comment form.Continue reading...
4 December 2010 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
As you will most likely already know, reducing the number of HTTP requests that your site makes can have a significant effect on loading times. However, usually it's not practical to combine all your files into a single one for reasons of maintainability. This is where SilverStripe steps in and provides an elegant, automated solution to this common 'requirement' (lol, get it?).Continue reading...
TutorialsWorking with Site Config
19 April 2010 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
One of the great new features of 2.4 is the introduction of a Site Config page. This allows you to put all of those fields which are not page related, such as The sites title, root access permissions and even the current theme. The SiteConfig class is simply a dataobject and so can easily be extended to include fields, relationships and functions which you can then access from anywhere in your site.Continue reading...
TutorialsControllers Instead of Pages
25 January 2011 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
SilverStripe is great for working with Pages in the CMS. But what if you need functionality without the need for content or all the "data fluff," like in Aram's tutorial about user registration and profile editing. Well, believe it or not, SilverStripe is a pretty solid MVC platform, even if you're working outside of the page data objects. It took me a while to understand how to implement true-ish MVC in SilverStripe, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share.Continue reading...