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Community Member, 46 Posts

28 May 2009 at 2:01pm

I want to be able to have generated menu items displayed as children of a custom page type.

These menu items wouldn't be actual children, but would point to methods in my page_controller. Is there a 'standard' or best way to do this? The easiest way I think would be to have a custom 'MenuChildren' method in my page class and refer to that in the navigation template - is there a better way?



Ben Gribaudo

Community Member, 181 Posts

29 May 2009 at 12:58am

Edited: 29/05/2009 12:59am


Do you mean that you want a given page type to have "fake" children? I've played a little with this: enough to prove the concept but not enough to go live with it.

   public function Children() {
      $children = new DataObjectSet();
      foreach ($this->Children as $childTitle => $childLink) {
         $page = new Page();
         $page->Title = //$childTitle;
         // unsure how to set child page's URL/link
      return $children;


Hope this helps,


Community Member, 3 Posts

27 October 2009 at 5:39am

Edited: 27/10/2009 5:41am

For my purposes the easiest solution was to override Children, and start by invoking super::Children() and then modify the dataset, like this:

 public function Children(){
      $children = parent::Children(); 

       if($children) {
          foreach($children as $child) {
            if ($child instanceof TemaArtikler){
              $child->Overskrift = DataObject::get_one("StatiskTekst")->ArtiklerOverskrift;
              $child->MenuTitle = $child->Overskrift;
              $child->Beskrivelse = DataObject::get_one("StatiskTekst")->ArtiklerTekst; 
      return $children;

The above code replaces the title of all "TemaArtikler" pagetypes with userspecified text from a static object.

Hope this helps.

edit: added code tags