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News module for SilverStripe 4

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1.3.3 2023-07-11 17:36 UTC

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SilverStripe 4


Forked from Nyeholt news and upgraded for SS 4

The News module provides a straightforward method for creating and publishing news articles on a website. In some respects it is similar to the Blog module, however news articles are meant to be focused more around press release style content - this means a News Article can be represented by normal Content, a hosted file (eg a PDF) or a completely remote article on a separate website. Additionally, News Articles allow authors to specify a separate Summary from the main content, useful for aggregating content references on your site, and allows authors to attach a thumbnail for an article.

News Holders can be configured to automatically file contained articles into a date based hierarchy, generating a hierarchy for archive purposes.

Unlike the Blog module, the News Module does not support widgets at all, and does not come with Comments enabled by default. While these things could be added on by yourself, it is not core to the functionality of the module.


This module is not in packagist, so a few steps are required.

Specify the klundt-hosmer/kh-news as a repository by adding this to composer.json:

  "repositories": [
      "type": "vcs",
      "url": "https://github.com/klundt-hosmer/kh-news.git"

then add the module with composer require klundt-hosmer/kh-news:^1.3.2


The News module also provides functionality to automatically file articles beneath a hierarchy ordered by Year, Month and day. This will then automatically provide an "archive" type functionality for news articles. To enable this, select the checkbox for "Automatically file contained articles" on the News Holder.

Known issues

When creating articles with the automatic filing functionality, and its eventual parent location isn't visible, the article will initially appear in the root of the site tree, even though it has been created underneath the correct location. Refreshing the tree fixes this problem.

Pagination will not work when using the SubSections loop when the holder contains child holder pages because the Pagination details will be separate for each child holder page. Use the TotalChildArticles loop instead of SubSections to get around this.

<% if TotalChildArticles %>
		<div <% if FirstLast %>class="$FirstLast"<% end_if %>>
			<% include NewsListItem %>
		<% if TotalChildArticles.MoreThanOnePage %>
			<div id="NextPrevLinks" class="news-pagination">
			  <% if TotalChildArticles.NotLastPage %>
				<div id="NextLink" class="next">
					<p><a class="next" href="$TotalChildArticles.NextLink" 
						title="View the next page">See older articles</a></p>
			  <% end_if %>
			  <% if TotalChildArticles.NotFirstPage %>
				<div id="PrevLink" class="previous">
					<p><a class="prev" href="$TotalChildArticles.PrevLink" 
						title="View the previous page">See newer articles</a></p>
			  <% end_if %>
				<% if TotalChildArticles.PaginationSummary %><% loop TotalChildArticles.PaginationSummary %>
				  <% if CurrentBool %>
					<p class="current">
				  <% else %>
					<a class="pagination-link" href="$Link" i
						title="View page number $PageNum">$PageNum</a>
				  <% end_if %>
				<% end_loop %><% end_if %>
		 <% end_if %>
<% end_if %>