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ModelAdmin - Adding new tabs in right panel


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16 June 2009 at 8:26pm Community Member, 13 Posts

Trying to figure out ModelAdmin. Documentation is poor, so I hope someone else can share their experience with the ModelAdmin module.

I have set up a standard Aritcle - Category relation (basically the same as in the docs). When creating a new article, I get the article fields in a Main-tab in the right column panel. How do I add tabs to the new item action? E.g. I want a Image tab where I can set up various image uploads. Anyone have any experience with this?

I would also appreciate tips to where I can find docs on how to expand the module.



17 June 2009 at 8:06pm Forum Moderator, 5511 Posts

It automatically scaffolds the form fields. if you want to display it tabbed rather then the default I think you need to add a getCMSFields() function to your dataobject article and build up the interface the same way you do with CMSFields for pages - you would also need to create the tabs as well (since none exist) -


9 February 2010 at 4:10am Community Member, 129 Posts

Hi Willr

I was just looking for this and as usual everything is über simple with SilverStripe. This code makes a new tab - without creating any new tabset:

function getCMSFields() {
      $fields = parent::getCMSFields();
       $fields->addFieldToTab('Root.Main', new ImageField("Picture", "Upload avatar."));
      return $fields;


18 May 2012 at 11:51pm Community Member, 90 Posts

When i want to put the image field to another tab, i just do

$fields->addFieldToTab('Root.Images', new ImageField("Picture", "Upload avatar."));

and SS will remove the picture field from the Main and put it in the Images tab