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Adding default value to some fields in CMS doesn't work

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Community Member, 29 Posts

27 November 2014 at 11:06pm

Edited: 27/11/2014 11:14pm

I'm trying to add a default value to an HtmlEditorField in admin. I have it working on TextFields, but for some reason it just won't work on HtmlEditorFields.

Here's a snippet of my code, edited down to just the relevant bits:


class SiteConfigExtension extends DataExtension
    private static $db = array(
        'Message' => 'HTMLText'

    public function updateCMSFields(FieldList $fields)
        $fields->addFieldsToTab('Root.Main', array(
            $a = new TextAreaField('Message', 'Message', '<h2>Default Message...</h2>'),

Any ideas?

By the way, this is a problem that keeps occurring for me in various scenarios (not just with HtmlEditorFields but also with DropdownFields for example), but I've been unable to pin down the cause - it seems quite random.