Support and helpers for Laravel PHP based projects

2.7.2 2020-02-11 15:52 UTC





A set of helper methods and classes commonly used in Web projects


More generic helpers which apply to more than just front-end facing web pages.

Active State

Ensure records can be active or inactive (e.g. Draft like state). Add the trait to your model and the fields to your migration.

use Maxfactor\Support\Model\Traits\HasActiveState;

Prevent access to inactive models

By default, the config option canViewInactive is set to true, so all requests to view content will be authorised. To prevent unauthorised access to content that isn't active, either register a global viewInactive gate in the service provider, or on a per-model basis via a Policy. If the Gate fails, the package will abort a 503 error.

public function viewInactive($user, $model)
    if (config('maxfactor-support.canViewInactive')) {
        return true;

    // Your logic... (Gate::allows() etc)

    return false;

Featured State

Allow records to be featured.

use Maxfactor\Support\Model\Traits\CanBeFeatured;

Sorting Order

Allow records to be ordered/sorted (sequentially). Add the trait and sortable contract to your model.

use Spatie\EloquentSortable\Sortable;
use Maxfactor\Support\Model\Traits\HasSortOrder;

class Category extends Model implements Sortable
    use HasSortOrder;

Migration helper ...


A query scope is included so you can access sorted results without manually defining the orderBy.

$results = Model::sorted()->get();


A set of helpers and traits relating to public facing web pages.

Typically any model which interfaces with the front-end views should extend the Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Model instead of the default Eloquent Model. This will ensure other Traits can be correctly initialised.

INPORTANT: In order to try and create some consistancy, the main Model passed into a view should always be called $page. This makes it much easier to include default behaviour inside layouts and other shared components without explicitly passing in values.

return view('my.view')->with('page', $model)

Meta (incl. Browser Title)

Add the Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Traits\HasMetaAttributes trait to your model and include the migrations by adding the meta field(s). This will include the correct database column and default to cover:

  • h1
  • browserTitle
  • metaDescription
  • navTitle

Include this in your layout to render the browser title

@render('maxfactor:webpage::browserTitle', ['title' => Arr::get($page ?? [], 'browserTitle', config(''))])

And this is a pre-made component to render the meta description

@render('maxfactor:webpage::metaDescription', ['description' => Arr::get($page ?? [], 'metaDescription')])

Additional Meta Fields in Nova

You can pass in additional meta fields into the MetaAttributes::make() function, to display your own fields in the 'Meta Attributes' panel that this package creates.

// Define our additional fields in the resource.
protected function additionalMetaFields()
    return [
        Text::make('Example Meta Content'),

// Inside the resources fields() function we can pass in our additional fields as a parameter.


Add the Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Traits\HasSlug trait to your model if you want the route helper to use the slug column in your database to identify records. (E.g. /blog/article/foo instead of /blog/article/1).

Within your migrations you can simply use the slug helper to add the correct column to your tables. $table->slug().


Use the Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Traits\HasBreadcrumbs trait (already included if you are using the Webpage Model). Overload the seeds() method to return custom breadcrumbs and/or use the seed() method to push any breadcrumbs you require into the parent seed to add additional breadcrumbs.

public function seeds()
    return array_merge(parent::seeds(), [[
        'name' => __('Branch finder'),
        'url' => route('branch.index'),
    ], [
        'name' => $this->navTitle,
        'url' => route('', $this),
// Branch Controller
$branch->seed($name = __('Audiologists'), $url = route('branch.audiologists', $branch), $status = null);

Inside your blade view, render the breadcrumbs @include('maxfactor::components.breadcrumb', ['seed' => $page->breadcrumbs]). Replace the view with your own if required.

Setting a default 'Home' breadcrumb

To change the default Home breadcrumb, you can set the homeBreadcrumb config value.

// config/maxfactor-support.php
'homeBreadcrumb' => 'Home',


Include the MustHaveCanonical trait which by default will return the current url but you typically would specify your own.

This can be done on the Model ...

public function baseCanonical()
    return route('', $this);

Or inline (e.g. in the controller). This will take precedence over the baseCanonical.


Inside the head of your blade layout (or view) render the canonical meta field.


The Maxfactor facade also includes an additional helper method which can be used to deal with Querystring parameters in the canonical url. The urlWithQuerystring method accepts the desired url and a string or regular expression to filter which parameters to include in the output. The query values are taken from the current request query, even though the destination url doesn't have to match this. Here's an example of how this could be used to include pagination.

// Assuming the current url is

Maxfactor::urlWithQuerystring('', $allowedParameters = 'page=[^1]');

// returns


To generate a sitemap simply create a new Command and Extend the MakeSitemap command in this package. Then add it to your console kernel and schedule as required. Here is the template to use as starting point.

namespace App\Console;

use Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Commands\MakeSitemap;

class Sitemap extends MakeSitemap
     * Populate the sitemap. This method should be overloaded to add content.
     * @param Sitemap $sitemap
     * @return void
    public function populate($sitemap)
        // $sitemap->add('/url');

Enforce Domain Names and SSL

Search engines should only index content at a single URL, as such your website should only be served on it's primary domain. We provide a middleware to handle this as well as allowing for multiple domains (if you are running domain specific routes).

Add the Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Middleware\ForceDomain::class to your web middleware group in the Kernel.

By default it will use the Scheme (HTTP/HTTPS) and domain name form your app.url config value. You can specify additional domains in your .env.


Furthermore you can specify which response codes should be run through the domain validator in the maxfactor-support config.

'enforceDomainsStatusCodes' => [

Password protection

If you want to protected access to your application, or certain routes, on specific environments (e.g. staging) you can include the Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Middleware\EnvironmentAuth::class middleware, either on entire groups or specific routes as required by naming the middleware in the Kernel.

protected $routeMiddleware = [
    'auth.environment' => \Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Middleware\EnvironmentAuth::class,

This will require the visitor to login with a valid user account on environments specified in the auth.php config (Defaults to staging).

    // config/auth.php

    | Environments
    | Determine which environments should be password protected.

    'environments' => [

Search functionality

There are a number of useful tools here for implementing search functionality. Our recommended approach is to use nicolaslopezj/searchable as it works straight on database queries without requiring any third party indexing systems. It is also very easy to customise and define rules to determine the most relevant search results. However, you should be able to use Scout or another search implementation. The only functionality imposed is that a search method exists on the model and ideally a relevance attribute is available on the model in order to sort mixed results.

Making Models Searchable

Aside from following the search providers instructions (e.g. nicolaslopezj/searchable) or Scout, you need to implement a Contract and Trait to add the required functionality.

// App\Page.php

class Page extends Model implements Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Contracts\SearchResult
    use Maxfactor\Support\Webpage\Traits\IsSearchResult;

    // Implement the required methods which will be used to standardise search results output

    public function getResultTitleAttribute()
        return $this->nav_title;

    public function getResultSubTitleAttribute()
        return 'Page';

    public function getResultSummaryAttribute()
        return $this->summary;

    public function getResultUrlAttribute()
        return $this->mapped_url;

    public function getResultImageAttribute()
        return $this->image;

Search Facade

So in your SearchController, or where-ever you are performing the search, use the provided Maxfactor\Support\Facades\Search facade to return a Collection of results. This will be a combination of all results for any models included in the search. You may pass in any Eloquent\Builder instance or Eloquent\Model.

$results = Search::for($query)->in([
    Article::published(), // Builder
    app(Page::class), // Model

Optionally you can paginate the result which uses the Laravel Paginator.

$results = Search::for($query)->in([
    Article::published(), // Builder
    app(Page::class), // Model

Displaying results

To display the results, loop over the returned Collection and display the results attributes.

@foreach($results as $result)
    <a href="{{ $result->result_url }}">
        <img src="{{ $result->result_image }}" alt="{{ $result->result_title }}">
        <h2>{{ $result->result_title }}</h2>
        <h3>{{ $result->result_sub_title }}</h3>
        <p>{{ $result->result_summary }}</p>