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Simplify - new version allows customisation of the Tiny MCE HTML Editor

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26 October 2009 at 4:19pm (Last edited: 29 December 2009 11:04am), Community Member, 43 Posts

Hi all,

The next version of Simplify (0.0.6) has been released.
Now you can edit the buttons on the Tiny MCE HTML editor - move buttons around, and delete ones you don't want to create a less cluttered interface.

Check out the attached screenshots and download it here:

1. Install Simplify as per any module
2. Login to the CMS, click on Security, and the group you want to edit
3. Click the Simplify tab, then the HTMLEdtior tab
4. Check "Use the following button lists..."
5. The button lists are comma seperated text, edit them and hit save

Click Reset to Defaults if you want to get back to the standard buttons (then save)

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3 November 2009 at 11:10pm Community Member, 1 Post

Hi a great, great, great, great, great module!
I think I found a bug. I am sorry. I noticed that when simplify is active I cannot change the URL under the Meta Data tab of a page. Here is a an example.

Again great mod!

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Andrew Houle

5 November 2009 at 10:59am Community Member, 132 Posts

Hi, I love the module! I was just curious if it would be possible to add a "hide delete from the draft site" option on the next version to get rid of that delete button for some users?

Thanks in advance for your help!


8 November 2009 at 9:12pm Community Member, 43 Posts

newms50 - hmm strange, its looks like the input box is being hidden - what Simplify options are you selecting? Try installing without any options being picked and see if the error occurs. Also I assume you're using SS v2.3.1 - v2.3.3 on FF

Andrew - Yeah sure, I'm looking at adding Security and File & Images customisation as well. Hiding Delete and Unpublish will be added to the Access tab. Next version ;)


11 November 2009 at 7:53am Community Member, 12 Posts

I cant seem to download from your link. Maybe you can post it here directly like you did before? I'd love to evaluate it!

Good work!



11 November 2009 at 11:05pm (Last edited: 11 November 2009 11:06pm), Community Member, 43 Posts

My apologies, I changed some settings - the link above will now work for you.


12 November 2009 at 9:07am Community Member, 12 Posts

Thanks! It now works. And the plugin is excellent! Great work!
However, i have som questions about the whole philosophy behind the module. As I understand it the silverstripe CMS (the /admin) is aimed towards editors and customers. All configurations and hard-core-settings are managed from the _config.php files. I'm wondering if this doesnt break that philosophy. What do you think?


What would be nice is to be able to configure this from the _config.php aswell.

Thanks again. You rock!


13 November 2009 at 9:46am (Last edited: 13 November 2009 9:48am), Community Member, 43 Posts

Herbert- great comment! I've actually thought the same thing myself, as the number of tabs in the Simplify user interface grows :P

I thought something like a Simplify API that can be controlled via the _config or the classes themselves.

It could be done like this:

Simplify::apply_permission("administrators", "SIMPLIFY_HIDE_CREATE");
Simplify::apply_permission("my-group-name", {"SIMPLIFY_HIDE_CREATE", "SIMPLIFY_NO_CREATE_PAGE"});

And on classes themselves (for hiding fields from a group)

static $simplify_hide = array {
"FieldName" => "my-group-name"


The issue with this, is that Groups are created within the admin interface - hence why Simplify has the UI interface.
Also, this kind of configuration is useful for an end user admin - they may want to hide certain things from other users.

However, theres no reason why we can't have this as well as the UI :)

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