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Admin my site - extending SS main menu?

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Community Member, 13 Posts

1 August 2008 at 12:37pm

Hi all, first post.

I'm developing a website for a secondary school, managing subjects, teachers, departments, students and all their relations.

I've created some DataObjects to manage subjects, teachers, etc.
My doubt comes at time of adding new subjects (i.e). I've created a subject page with a TableField control to enter new subjects, and created this page-type in Site Content (in the tree).
Works fine, but I don't find the place to put it (Site Content) suitable. Would not be more reasonable put all the admin pages (add subjects, teachers, ...) in a new tab in SS main menu?, i mean right beside "Site Content","Files & Images", "Newsletters", etc. and manage this pages with a tree?. the answer is yes!! (i guess). but how?
How do I add a new tab y main menu?, how do I create a tree with all the admin pages?, Is too hard to do what i am asking for? Does it differ too much from creating pages for every admin task and add them in site tree?.

Hope don't confuse you...

Thanks a lot and any ideas will be gladed.


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

1 August 2008 at 6:34pm

Not a straight forward thing to do well but First Add the panel to the cms by adding this to you _config file.

// Add Polls to the CMS
Object::addStaticVars('LeftAndMain', array(
   'extra_menu_items' => array(
		'Custom Panel' => 'admin/custompanel/',

Director::addRules(100, array(
	'admin/custompanel/$Action/$ID/$OtherID' => 'CustomPanel',

This will add a Custom Panel link and point to the CustomPanel.php which you will need to create, which needs to look something like -


class CustomPanel extends GenericDataAdmin {
	static $data_type = 'DataObjectName'; 
	static $result_columns = array(' Fields you want to show ');
	function init() {
	public function getLink($action = null, $id = 0) {
	public function performSearch(){
	function getEditForm($id){
		// fields on your dataobject you need to edit
      	return new Form($this, 'EditForm', $fields, $actions);
	function save($data, $form){ }