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13 October 2010 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
This post title may look familiar, but it has in fact been completely re-written with lots of new code! When using dropdown menus, you will often want to dynamically generate the options, usually to a list of DataObjects or Pages for the user to choose from. This tutorial explores the options at your disposal when it comes to creating dynamic dropdowns in the SilverStripe.Continue reading...
26 March 2009 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
In this tutorial we are going to create a SilverStripe theme from a static template. While completing this tutorial, you will build a good foundation for using the SilverStripe templating language and be able to create themes with dynamic menus and content areas.Continue reading...
24 July 2009 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
The default install of SilverStripe contains an array of buttons for the TinyMCE HTML editor. However usually your client will need some extra functionality or you may want to keep things simple for them by removing some of the buttons. As of SilverStripe 2.3.2 this is very easy and can be achieved by adding some code to the _config.php file.Continue reading...
SnippetsAdding Gravatars to your site
8 October 2010 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
Gravatar is a great service that allows you to pull in members profile photos directly from their Gravatar accounts. It's used right here on SSbits and it also part of the Forum module. It's also incredibly easy to integrate into your site!Continue reading...
4 July 2011 | |Tweet
The Votes are in! And the winner of July's SSbits Site Of The Month is.....Continue reading...
11 September 2011 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
The problem I was trying to solve was for a dropdown select box to toggle fields in the form, depending on whether a link is internal or external to the site.Continue reading...
2 August 2011 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
Sometimes, in ModelAdmin, we want to be able to have a different default sort.
Specifically, like in cases where a has_one is the preferred sorting. For example, we have a warehouse. In our DataObjects, we have the object "Lanes", has_many Products. And we have Products, has_one "Lanes". When we're browsing our Products in the admin, we want to have them default sorted by their Lane, not their name.
Just saying default_sort = 'Lanes'; sadly does not do the job. It'll give you reddish-screens and stuff. Which is not what we like.
Here's a (quite simple actually) solution.Continue reading...
6 January 2012 | |Tweet
It's been a while, but Site of the month is finally back and there are some great sites to choose from!Continue reading...
31 October 2011 | | | Supports v2.4Tweet
There is a method on SilverStripe's Form class to set a success or error message when the form is submitted. That's cool... but sometimes you need to display a message that is not related to a form. I've created a couple of simple controller methods to enable setting and displaying of message banners anytime.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...
1 June 2012 | |Tweet
The Votes are in! And the winner of May 2012 SSbits Site Of The Month is.....Continue reading...
TutorialsLeaflet with SS3
19 November 2012 | | | Supports v3.0Tweet
Leaflet is a good open-source alternative to Google Maps. I followed the instructions given in the Leaflet quick start guide (http://leafletjs.com/examples/quick-start.html), with a few adaptations to Silverstripe CMS. No custom icon, no additional layer, no customized css, no fancy feature : only the basic options to plot several locations on an interactive map.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...
SnippetsSpice up Your CMS Sitetree
27 August 2009 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet So you have created your own page types, but they all look the same in your CMS site tree. Time to make them more recognizable! This is quite easy, but it can make your site tree a lot more attractive. Continue reading...
28 July 2009 | | | Supports v2.4, v2.3Tweet
Most of my customers don't want to add meta info manually, so I add an onBeforeWrite() function to update the Meta Description field and count the keyword density of the content with a separate function and add these keywords to the Meta Keywords fields when a page is saved.
In my humble SEO opinion every page needs an unique Meta Description. Keywords seems to be less important for search engines, but why not add them automatically anyway! The function counts how many times each word exist in the Content, order the words by occurrence and glues the words to a comma separated string. In this function only words with more then 4 characters are counted, but you can adjust that if you like.Continue reading...