I have maybe a very simple problem but I have no Idea for the moment. I have created a action in my news page controller which shall render a template in my sidebar. I just want to populate text data in the sidebar.
after another 30 minutes I have done the following and I came to the same conclusion than you
<% if GetArchive %>
<% control GetArchive %>
<% end_control %>
<% end_if %>
this is an include file to encapsulate it a little bit.
But is it possible to render the template from the controller level. Before this SilverStripe I have done mostly everything with Zend Framework and Silverstipes architecture is completely different to the Zend approach, thats why I am often a little bit confused how to do things in Silverstripe.
But anyway Silverstripe has some nice functions :)