Integrate with other applications

Delegate the rendering of a page to an application

By delegating the rendering of a page to another application, you will be able to use customized views and still get all the CMS variables to render a proper navigation.

First you need a file that you can register to the CMS. It might look like this:

from django.conf.urls.defaults import *
from pages.testproj.documents.views import document_view

urlpatterns = patterns('',
    url(r'^doc-(?P<document_id>[0-9]+)$', document_view, name='document_details'),
    url(r'^$', document_view, name='document_root'),


The CMS will pass the keyword arguments current_page and pages_navigation to the view

Then you need to register the urlconf module of your application to use it within the admin interface. Put this code in you before admin.autodiscover(). Here is an example for a document application.:

from pages.urlconf_registry import register_urlconf

register_urlconf('Documents', 'pages.testproj.documents.urls',
    label='Display documents')

# this need to be executed after the registry happened.

As soon as you have registered your, a new field will appear in the page administration. Choose the Display documents. The view used to render this page on the frontend is now choosen by pages.testproj.documents.urls.


The path passed to your urlconf module is the remaining path available after the page slug. Eg: /pages/page1/doc-1 will become doc-1.


If you want to have the reverse URLs with your delegated application, you will need to include your URLs into your main, eg:

(r'^pages/', include('pages.urls')),
(r'^pages/(?P<path>.*)', include('pages.testproj.documents.urls')),

Here is an example of a valid view from the documents application:

from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
from django.template import RequestContext
from pages.testproj.documents.models import Document

def document_view(request, *args, **kwargs):
    context = RequestContext(request, kwargs)
    if kwargs.get('current_page', False):
        documents = Document.objects.filter(page=kwargs['current_page'])
        context['documents'] = documents
    if kwargs.has_key('document_id'):
        document = Document.objects.get(pk=int(kwargs['document_id']))
        context['document'] = document
    context['in_document_view'] = True
    return render_to_response('pages/examples/index.html', context)

The document_view will receive a bunch of extra parameters related to the CMS:

  • current_page the page object,
  • path the path used to reach the page,
  • lang the current language,
  • pages_navigation the list of pages used to render navigation.


If the field doesn’t appear within the admin interface make sure that your registry code is executed properly.


Look at the testproj in the repository for an example on how to integrate an external application.


Gerbi CMS provide 2 sitemaps classes to use with Django sitemap framework:

from pages.views import PageSitemap, MultiLanguagePageSitemap

(r'^sitemap\.xml$', 'django.contrib.sitemaps.views.sitemap',
    {'sitemaps': {'pages':PageSitemap}}),

# or for multi language:

(r'^sitemap\.xml$', 'django.contrib.sitemaps.views.sitemap',
    {'sitemaps': {'pages':MultiLanguagePageSitemap}})

The PageSitemap class provide a sitemap for every published page in the default language. The MultiLanguagePageSitemap is gonna create an extra entry for every other language.