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Customising the CMS

Different Slideshow on every page


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31 March 2012 at 4:15am Community Member, 5 Posts


I'm very new to SilverStripe, so sorry for this newbie post and my bad english. I'm using SilverStripe for one month and I'm lovin it :) For my actual project I integrated already my own template, my own gallery extension (with help of some forum posts and this great DataObjectManager).

Now I will create a new CMS-DropDown-Field for every page, where you can change the slideshow. My idea was:

I have slideshow images in 3 different HTMLs as .ss files in "themes/mylayout/templates/Insludes/" ( …). I have written following to my mysite/code/Page.php:

public static $db = array(
      // Change Slideshow - Dropdownfields
      'SliderDesign' => "Enum('officeSlideshow, productSlideshow, otherSlideshow')"

   // Choose Slideshow as default
   public static $defaults = array(
      'SliderDesign' => 'officeSlideshow'
   // Add a Dropdownfield to CMS
   public function getCMSFields() {
      $fields = parent::getCMSFields();
      $fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Main", new DropdownField('SliderDesign', 'Choose your header slideshow', singleton('Page')->dbObject('SliderDesign')->enumValues()), 'Content');
      return $fields;

Now I can see this drop down field in my backend and I can change the value, yeah :)
And now? I thought, I could add following to my theme (

<div id="topslider">
   <% include $SliderDesign %>

… and it would change to one of my variable values (e.g. officeSlideshow) and insert the content of (from includes/), but it doesn't! -.-

What I'm doing wrong?
Or is there a better way to change Layoutparts (like different slideshows) in the Backend of SilverStripe?


12 April 2012 at 1:04am Community Member, 102 Posts

Hi Carlo

I think you could do this...

<% if SliderDesign = officeSlideshow %>
<% include officeSlideshow %>
<% else_if SliderDesign = productSlideshow %>
<% include productSlideshow %>
<% else_if ...etc