$pages->delete() method

Permanently delete a page, its fields and assets.

Unlike trash(), pages deleted here are not restorable. If you attempt to delete a page with children, and don't specifically set the $recursive argument to true, then this method will throw an exception. If a recursive delete fails for any reason, an exception will also will be thrown.

Example

// Delete a product page
$product = $pages->get('/products/foo-bar-widget/');
$pages->delete($product); 

Usage

// basic usage
$bool = $pages->delete(Page $page);

// usage with all arguments
$bool = $pages->delete(Page $page, $recursive = false, array $options = []);

Arguments

NameType(s)Description
pagePage

Page to delete

recursive (optional)bool, array

If set to true, then this will attempt to delete all children too. If you don't need this argument, optionally provide $options array instead.

options (optional)array

Optional settings to change behavior:

  • uncacheAll (bool): Whether to clear memory cache after delete (default=false)
  • recursive (bool): Same as $recursive argument, may be specified in $options array if preferred.

Return value

bool int

Returns true (success), or integer of quantity deleted if recursive mode requested.

Exceptions

Method can throw exceptions on error:

  • WireException - on fatal error


Hooking $pages->delete(…)

You can add your own hook events that are executed either before or after the $pages->delete(…) 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->delete(…) method call is executed. This type of hook is especially useful for modifying arguments before they are sent to the method.

$this->addHookBefore('Pages::delete', 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)
  $page = $event->arguments(0);
  $recursive = $event->arguments(1);
  $options = $event->arguments(2);

  /* Your code here, perhaps modifying arguments */

  // Populate back arguments (if you have modified them)
  $event->arguments(0, $page);
  $event->arguments(1, $recursive);
  $event->arguments(2, $options);
});

Hooking after

The 'after' hooks are called immediately after each $pages->delete(…) 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::delete', 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)
  $page = $event->arguments(0);
  $recursive = $event->arguments(1);
  $options = $event->arguments(2);

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

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

See Also


$pages methods and properties

API reference based on ProcessWire core version 3.0.133

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