$pages->add() method

Add a new page using the given template and parent

If no page "name" is specified, one will be automatically assigned.

Example

// Add new page using 'skyscraper' template into Atlanta
$building = $pages->add('skyscraper', '/skyscrapers/atlanta/');

// Same as above, but with specifying a name/title as well:
$building = $pages->add('skyscraper', '/skyscrapers/atlanta/', 'Symphony Tower');

// Same as above, but with specifying several properties:
$building = $pages->add('skyscraper', '/skyscrapers/atlanta/', [
  'title' => 'Symphony Tower',
  'summary' => 'A 41-story skyscraper located at 1180 Peachtree Street',
  'height' => 657,
  'floors' => 41
]);

Usage

// basic usage
$page = $pages->add($template, $parent);

// usage with all arguments
$page = $pages->add($template, $parent, string $name = '', array $values = []);

Arguments

NameType(s)Description
templatestring, Template

Template name or Template object

parentstring, int, Page

Parent path, ID or Page object

name (optional)string

Optional name or title of page. If none provided, one will be automatically assigned. If you want to specify a different name and title then specify the $name argument, and $values['title'].

values (optional)array

Field values to assign to page (optional). If $name is omitted, this may also be 3rd param.

Return value

Page

New page ready to populate. Note that this page has output formatting off.

Exceptions

Method can throw exceptions on error:

  • WireException - When some criteria prevents the page from being saved.


Hooking $pages->add(…)

You can add your own hook events that are executed either before or after the $pages->add(…) method is executed. Examples of both are included below. A good place for hook code such as this is in your /site/ready.php file.

Hooking before

The 'before' hooks are called immediately before each $pages->add(…) method call is executed. This type of hook is especially useful for modifying arguments before they are sent to the method.

$this->addHookBefore('Pages::add', function(HookEvent $event) {
  // Get the object the event occurred on, if needed
  $pages = $event->object;

  // Get values of arguments sent to hook (and optionally modify them)
  $template = $event->arguments(0);
  $parent = $event->arguments(1);
  $name = $event->arguments(2);
  $values = $event->arguments(3);

  /* Your code here, perhaps modifying arguments */

  // Populate back arguments (if you have modified them)
  $event->arguments(0, $template);
  $event->arguments(1, $parent);
  $event->arguments(2, $name);
  $event->arguments(3, $values);
});

Hooking after

The 'after' hooks are called immediately after each $pages->add(…) method call is executed. This type of hook is especially useful for modifying the value that was returned by the method call.

$this->addHookAfter('Pages::add', function(HookEvent $event) {
  // Get the object the event occurred on, if needed
  $pages = $event->object;

  // An 'after' hook can retrieve and/or modify the return value
  $return = $event->return;

  // Get values of arguments sent to hook (if needed)
  $template = $event->arguments(0);
  $parent = $event->arguments(1);
  $name = $event->arguments(2);
  $values = $event->arguments(3);

  /* Your code here, perhaps modifying the return value */

  // Populate back return value, if you have modified it
  $event->return = $return;
});

$pages methods and properties

API reference based on ProcessWire core version 3.0.172

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