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A Laravel 4 package for adding one or more types of category hierarchies to a website

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v0.2.0 2014-02-26 14:02 UTC


A Laravel 4 package for adding one or more types of category hierarchies to a website

e.g. a hierarchy for blog categories and another for product categories

Comes with

  • Migration for the categories table
  • Category Model (that extends Baum/Node so you can use all the handy methods from this excellent nested set implementation)
  • Seed for building the root nodes, one for each type of hierarchy, specified in your config file
  • Sample FrozenNode/Administrator config file for managing the categories


Add the following to you composer.json file (Recommend swapping "dev-master" for the latest release)

"fbf/laravel-categories": "dev-master"


composer update

Add the following to app/config/app.php


Publish the config

php artisan config:publish fbf/laravel-categories

Run the migration

php artisan migrate --package="fbf/laravel-categories"

Ensure the categories types are set correctly in the config file.

Run the seed (this will create root nodes for each of your category types)

php artisan db:seed --class="Fbf\LaravelCategories\CategoriesTableBaseSeeder"

Build your menus in the database, or if you are using FrozenNode's Laravel Administrator, see the info below


You can use the excellent Laravel Administrator package by FrozenNode to administer your categories.


A ready-to-use model config file for the Category model (categories.php), including custom actions to reorder nodes in the hierarchy, is provided in the src/config/administrator directory of the package, which you can copy into the app/config/administrator directory (or whatever you set as the model_config_path in the administrator config file).