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Customising the CMS

Sidebar content/editable regions help (please)


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24 November 2009 at 11:25am Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

I take it in this case the file I am working with is "mysite/code/HomePage.php"?

Yes, if you only want this region for the homepage then you will just use the HomePage.php file. Copy the $db array and getCMSFields() from the code I posted and use that in the HomePage.php


24 November 2009 at 3:18pm Community Member, 166 Posts

Terrific Will -- that cracked it!! Thanks heaps!!


19 June 2013 at 10:25am (Last edited: 19 June 2013 10:25am), Community Member, 166 Posts

Revisiting the post to try to get an editable sidebar working in SS3...

Discovered that "Root.Content.Sidebar" is deprecated in Version 3. PHP code needs to change to the following...


class Page extends SiteTree {

static $db = array(
'SidebarHTML' => 'HTMLText'

static $has_one = array(

function getCMSFields() {
$fields = parent::getCMSFields();
$fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Sidebar", new HtmlEditorField( "SidebarHTML"));
return $fields;



class Page_Controller extends ContentController {


Hopefully this will help others in a similar predicament!


19 June 2013 at 10:37am Community Member, 166 Posts

Just one thing weird I've noticed -- the CMS doesn't seem to appreciate my efforts very much. However all page content is written to DB and a refresh solves the CMS interface issues... however it gets pretty ugly for a moment!

Anybody have any ideas about what's going on?