Tina4 CMS Module

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Welcome to the Tina4CMS module, how does it work?

composer require tina4stack/tina4cms

composer exec tina4 initialize:run

Sqlite is recommended for small to medium websites

composer require tina4stack/tina4php-sqlite3

Add the database connection to your index.php file which would have been created

require_once "vendor/autoload.php";

global $DBA;

$DBA = new \Tina4\DataSQLite3("test.db","", "", "d/m/Y");

echo new \Tina4\Tina4Php();

Run the CMS

composer start 8080

Open up the CMS to set up the admin user

http://localhost:8080/cms/login -> will get you started

The Landing Page - home

You need to create a landing page called "home" as your starting page for things to working properly.


Make a base.twig file in your /src/templates folder, it needs the following blocks

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <title>{{ title }}</title>
    <meta prefix="og:" property="og:title" content="{{ title }}"/>
    <meta prefix="og:" property="og:type" content="website"/>
    <meta prefix="og:" property="og:url" content="{{ url }}"/>
    <meta prefix="og:" property="og:image" content="{{ image }}"/>
    <meta prefix="og:" property="og:description" content="{{ description }}"/>
{% block headers %}
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/src/public/css/default.css">
{% endblock %}
{% block body %}
{% block navigation %}
    {% include "navigation.twig" %}
{% endblock %}

{% block content %}
{% endblock %}

{% block footer %}
{% endblock %}
{% endblock %}

or an example which extends the existing base in the tina4-cms

{% extends "@tina4cms/base.twig" %}

{% block headers %}
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/src/templates/css/default.css">
{% endblock %}

{% block body %}
    <div class="content">
{% block navigation %}
    {%  include "navigation.twig" %}
{% endblock %}

{% block content %}
{% endblock %}
{% endblock %}

Example of a navigation.twig which you can over write

Create a navigation.twig file in your src/templates folder

{% set menus = Content.getMenu("") %}
        {% for menu in menus %}
            <li><a href="{{ menu.url }}">{{ }}</a>
                {% if menu.children %}
                        {% for childmenu in menu.children %}
                                <a href="{{ childmenu.url }}">{{ }}</a>
                        {% endfor %}
                {% endif %}
        {% endfor %}

Including your snippets in the CMS

There are two ways you can do this:

When you want to include content as it is, and not have the snippet parsed with Twig you can simply use the following: Use the raw filter when you want to have scripts or other things included correctly

{{snippetName | raw}} or {{snippetName}}

The following is how you would include a snippet where you want variables in the page for example parsed in the snippet

{{ include(getSnippet("snippetName")) }}


Page content of "home"

  {% set world = "World!" %}
  {{ include (getSnippet("mySnippet")) }}

Snippet content of "mySnippet"

  Hello {{world}}!

Adding articles into a page

{% set articles = Content.getArticles ("", 8) %}
{% for article in articles %}{% include "snippets/medium.twig" with {"article": article} %}{% endfor %}
{% set params = {"tag": "all", "skip": 4, "limit": 4, "template": "medium.twig"} %}
{% include "load-more.twig" with params %}

Overwriting the default CMS twig namespace - your own namespace


Page Builder

The page builder should implement GrapeJS and allow you to build pages using blocks and components. The blocks and components should be simple to load. We need to flag off pages that have been edited by the Page builder so the generic CMS does not try to render them.


Use with care, this is currently experimental but will be introduced into the CMS at some point as a base for the pages Current thoughts are as follows:

Theme Structure


The default theme can be cloned to make other themes.

Examples of extending the CMS Page Builder

In your index.php file where your config is initialized you can define the following.

$config = new \Tina4\Config(function(\Tina4\Config $config) {
    (new Content())->addCmsMenu("/backend/program", "Products"); //Menu example
    $config->addTwigGlobal("Menu", new Menu()); //Adding a twig global class
    (new Theme())->addTwigView("product", "Products", "examples/products.twig"); //Adding different snippets for use in CMS views
    (new Theme())->addTwigView("menu", "Menu", "examples/menu.twig");