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  • jsaade
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    In my first Silverstripe project, the client had a list of requirements, and I had to tweak silverstripe in order to fulfill them all.

    - Website is for Cars and Real Estates.
    - Cars are divided into 4 categories: Used, New, Classified Used, Classified New
    - Real Estates: Sale, Rent, Classified Sale, Classified Rent.

    - Admin Can create users that belong to one of the top categories and those users can only edit/add pages they manage (they cannot see other users pages).

    - When a user edits a page, a publication request is emailed to the admin who must approve in order to publish anything.

    - Other Requirements:
    - Site Banners with also group of users restrictions.
    - Ability to add/edit Regions for real estates.
    - Ability to add/edit Car Brands and Models.

    1- Security:

    • - Admins
      - Content Authors

      • - Cars
        - Used

        • - Car Agent A
          - Car Agent B

        - New
        - Classified Used
        - Classified New


    As you see from the above Tree, the admin creates new agents groups under their specific Category.
    and being Tree based, I can add restricitions on pages, The SiteTree "Pages" looks like the following:

    • - Home -> only admin can edit
      - Cars -> only Content Author can edit

      • - Used -> only Used Group can edit

        • - Car Agent A Page -> only Car agent A can edit
          - Car Agent B Page -> Only car agent B can edit


    Now this imposed a restriction on the admin, as an admin has to first go to "Security", add the new group then go back to "Pages"
    create a page for that specific group and set the permission for that group.
    I setup most of the permissions, so the admin only has to put the permissions for the new group only.

    I also used Simplify Module to hide pages users cannot see, I also made it Hide a lot of Tabs (almost all the tabs except content related stuff) for Content Authors.

    - I used cmsworkflow module to make a small workflow system (Admin published, Content Authors request).

    I have just delivered the solution to the client, and hopefully he will find it easy and robust enough to add agents.
    But I am thinking, was there a better way to do the above? How would someone with more experience in SilverStripe implement the same requirements?


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