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What do I need and how do I do this on Silverstripe?


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24 October 2012 at 10:42pm Community Member, 70 Posts

I am still trying to learn how to do things on Silverstripe but the hardest thing when you are teaching yourself is what you need to ask for!?

I want to create pages with articles/news items on as shown in this link ...

... say 5 pages and then a main page with feeds on as shown in this link ...

I have absolutely no idea where to start!! Please could you point me in the right direction and keep it simple, I am in the early stages of the learning process :-)


24 October 2012 at 11:12pm (Last edited: 24 October 2012 11:59pm), Community Member, 49 Posts

It's so easy when you know how. The problem I also find with SilverStripe is finding the information, especially if you are not a programmer or part of the team.

Presuming you are using SS3 and you added your news articles to the CMS page with a date, I create a news template with...

static $db = array(
      'Date' => 'Date'

and a nice way to show the date in the CMS...

   function getCMSFields() {
      $fields = parent::getCMSFields();   
         $datefield = new DateField('Date', 'Publication date');
         $datefield->setConfig('showcalendar', true);
         $datefield->setConfig('showdropdown', true);
         $datefield->setConfig('dateformat', 'dd/MM/YYYY');            
         $fields->addFieldToTab('Root.Main', $datefield, 'Content');


You need to display snippets from the page above in the tree then create a template called NewsHolder simply in the SS file template add...

<% loop Children %>

<div class="date">
<p>$Content.FirstParagraph </p>
<p><a href="$Link" class="more">Read more</a></p>

<% end_loop %>

..but if you want to diplay snippets on another template like the homepage you need to create a function I call it LatestNews function and call this from the SS. The function will call the NewsHolder you created above.

<% loop LatestNews %>
<div class="news-item jlink">
<p><span class="date">$Date.Nice</span><br>
<a class="more" href="$Link">Read more</a> - $Content.FirstSentence</p>
<% end_loop %>

...and the function you need goes is the PHP of the template in the mysite/code such as hompage.php inside the class HomePage extends Page {...

   // show news
   function LatestNews($num=2) {
      $news = DataObject::get_one("NewsHolder");
      return ($news) ? DataObject::get("NewsArticle", "ParentID = $news->ID", "Date DESC", "", $num) : false;

That should be more than enough to get you going if not go back to the basic tutorials. Good luck.

p.s. I would re-write the topic title to explain the content of the posts so that others know what this thread is about.


27 October 2012 at 2:44pm Community Member, 61 Posts


The query is even easier to write since SS3 :

function LatestNews() {
return NewsArticle::get()->sort('Date','DESC')->limit(2);