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mutliple textareas on each page


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6 July 2010 at 3:24pm Community Member, 24 Posts


I am new to silverstripe,
just downloaded, went through a tutorial and setup my first silverstripe site, and I really like the simplicity of silverstripe

what I am wondering is:
How do I setup more than one editable textfield on a page? or is it possible? the tutorials (that I have seen) seem to only deal with one editable region.
my first layout/template has 3 columns and it would be great to have left nav and two editable separate textfields ,

also, styling a css javascript dropdown menu to work with silverstripe, are there any good tutorials or faq on this?



6 July 2010 at 6:16pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

Course you can have multiple textareas!. Each text area needs to be made a unique database fields and then a form field added to the CMS. In your case (sidebars) I think you would want to make them HTML Areas rather than plain text.

First step is add the fields to the database. Edit your $db array to something like this.. (tutorial 2 gives you an introduction to this)

static $db = array(
      "LeftBoxTxt" => "HTMLText",   
      "RightBoxTxt" => "HTMLText"

Second step is to add it the CMS (again this is covered in depth in tutorial 2)

   function getCMSFields() {
      $fields = parent::getCMSFields();
      $fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Main", new HTMLEditorField("LeftBoxTxt","Left box text"));   
      $fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Main", new HTMLEditorField('RightBoxTxt','Right box text'));
      return $fields;

After doing that rebuild your database (by visiting and now you should have 2 more editor fields in the cms which you can call in your template.


6 July 2010 at 6:23pm Community Member, 24 Posts

thanks Willr!
thats great,