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Changing the Available Widgets field in the CMS


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Community Member, 3 Posts

5 August 2011 at 6:37am


I'm attempting to alter which widgets are displayed in the Available Widgets section of the CMS. I've set up two fields in the CMS, with a has_one relation for each WidgetAreaEditor.

   public function getCMSFields() {
      $f = parent::getCMSFields();
      $f->addFieldToTab('Root.Content.WidgetsFacebook', new WidgetAreaEditor('Facebook'));
      $f->addFieldToTab('Root.Content.WidgetsTwitter', new WidgetAreaEditor('Twitter'));
      return $f;

In the CMS however, both widgets are available under the Available Widgets section on both tabs. I know that I'll need to extend or overwrite the AvailableWidgets method, but I'm not quite sure how. I can see that the method currently loops through everything as an array and then spits them out to the CMS, and I'd like to be able to assign a widget to a Widget field tab.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated, thanks!


Forum Moderator, 1805 Posts

19 September 2011 at 8:56pm

Hi primer,


The method I use for this is...

class MyWidgetAreaEditor extends WidgetAreaEditor {

   function AvailableWidgets() {
      $arrAllowedWidgets = array('WidgetOne','WidgetTwo');

      $dosWidgets= new DataObjectSet();
      foreach ($arrAllowedWidgets as $class) {
      return $dosWidgets;

then use that in your Page.php instead of the regular one...

$fields->addFieldToTab("Root.Content.Widgets", new MyWidgetAreaEditor("SideBar"));