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Download here: http://modules.processwire.com/modules/fieldtype-page-table-extended/


Extends the Processwire PageTable field for rendering table row layouts. This is great for editors, because they actually see at a glance what the table rows consist of.

What it does


Turns the Processwire Fieldtype "Page Table" from this:



into something like this (sorting capabilities of course still functional):



See it in action:


  • FieldtypePageTable installed (part of the core since Processwire 2.4.10.)
  • Templates used for PageTable need a file associated (otherwise nothing gets rendered)
  • This render method is meant for sites where the PageTable templates only render part of the layout, not complete websites. But you also can define what will be rendered (see below).



Render Layout instead of table rows

Check this for seeing the rows rendered. You can easily turn off the complete functionality by unchecking this.

Path to Stylesheet

Since the parts are unstyled by default, it is a good idea to define styles for them. All rendered templates are encapsulated in a div with the class "renderedLayout" so you can style them with:

div.renderedLayout h2{
color: green;

The path is to be set relative to your templates' folder.

Reset Admin CSS

Since the parts are rendered inside the Admin, common styles of the Admin Interface apply also to your layout parts. This is not a bad thing, because especially text styles are well integrated in your admin's theme. But if you like to override the admin styles in your table rows completely (more or less), just check this box. Don't forget to define a custom CSS then!



Since this module is meant for parts of your layout you already have defined for your frontend templates, it is a good idea to use a preprocessor like Stylus, Sass or Less for building the custom CSS file. Just outsource your layout part definitions in an extra file, compile that in a separete CSS file and use this as custom CSS for this module. Since your CSS is should be built in a modular way, this works pretty well ;-) Will write a tutorial with a use case once finished testing.




Github: https://github.com/MadeMyDay/PageTableExtended


If you want to get rid of the unnecessary step for entering a title before editing the page, just set the "autoformat" value as suggested in the PageTable settings. If you don't want to use a title field at all, see this post from Soma


Will put it in the module repository once finished testing. Please test it and give feedback. I haven't used GitHub for a long time, please check if everything is in place and if this will work with the modules manager and the new core module installer once added to the repository. Have fun :)


Module is in the repository now: http://modules.processwire.com/modules/fieldtype-page-table-extended/


Please use GitHub for instructions, I made some additions there.

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Awesome! - only one suggestion - it would be great to have text fields editable inline, with ajax save - might be beyond the scope of what you want, but I think it would be cool :)

I am a bit ambivalent regarding such a feature. Of course it would be nice, but also would add a lot of overhead to this specific module. If there would be an existing solution for that (for the frontend), it would be easy to integrate it as well in this module (including necessary js and css files should be enough), because the layouts are rendered as in the frontend.

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I guess I am mixing purposes a bit here - your goal was to style the output exactly as it will appear on the frontend, but I guess I am looking more for replicating the ease of editing that repeaters have. Maybe I'll make a different extension for PageTable that works more that way. Maybe not worry about the ajax saving and just use the page save to save each of PageTable components. I'll mull over it for a bit.

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I totally agree. I was waiting for a configurable repeater (with different templates to choose from) for ages. Now PageTable has this feature, so I went with this ;) But hey, never say never. Question is... When do you want to save the changes? Autosave? No good idea as long there are no draft versions. So this is getting complicated. Either you provide a save button on each row (easy to implement, but hard to understand for editors) or you save the entries on page save (easier to understand but harder to implement). You then would have to monitor the changed fields, look for their page, save the fields on each page... well.

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Hi Marc, you know - I don't have any experience with PageTable field.

I've installed the module and added the templates. Everything works fine for me. The Elements are there, I can add content und frontend shows everything.

In your folder are two Modules.

PageTable Renderer (Renders PageTable entries in admin) and PageTable render (Adds render functionality for PageTable fields). First one is installed. The second one requires InputFieldPageTable which I can't find. I thing thats the reason, why I have no settings.

The rendering doesn't work for me yet and I've a little understanding problem, how I got this working for me…

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You need to install the dev version of 2.4 instead of the stable one. PageTable is a new Fieldtype which is only available with the dev version.

I have the latest dev version. PageTable is installed and everything works fine for me. Like I said. ;)

But the rendering in the page itselfs doesn't work for me. Also I can't install the second rendering module.

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Hi Yesjoar,

PageTable Renderer (Renders PageTable entries in admin) and PageTable render (Adds render functionality for PageTable fields). First one is installed. The second one requires InputFieldPageTable which I can't find. I thing thats the reason, why I have no settings.

Okay, I pushed an update to GitHub. The dependencies of the modules were not clear and the titles misleading. Please try to override the modules with the new ones.

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Hi Tobaco,
my setup is always the same. Doesn't matter if I use PageTable or not. Here it goes (simplified):
- basic-page.php
- home.php
- /tpl 
   - main.php
   - mainnav.php
   - subnav.php
   - footer.php
The tpl/main.php is the overall template like:
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html class="no-js">
        <meta charset="utf-8">
        <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1">
        <title><?= $page->title ?></title>
        <!--- styles and scripts -->
    <body class='<?= $bodyclass ?>'>
            <div class='wrap'>
                <a href="/"><img src='/site/templates/img/logo.png' class='logo' alt="Logo"></a>
                <nav class='main'>
                    <?= $mainnav ?>
        <?= $slider ?>
        <?= $subnav ?>
<section class="content">
            <div class="wrap group">
                <h1 class='v2 hide'><span><?= $page->title ?></span></h1>
                <?= $content ?>
            <div class="group">
                <?php include ('tpl/footer.php'); ?>
        <script src="/site/templates/dist/all.min.js"></script>

basic-page template looks like this (every template renders the content and then includes the main template):

 * basic page template

$content = $page->body;

With PageTable the structure looks like this:
- basic-page.php
- home.php
- part_text.php
- part_columns.php
- part_gallery.php
- /tpl 
   - main.php
   - mainnav.php
   - subnav.php
   - footer.php

The part_* templates are templates only for PageTable. part_columns.php could look like this:

$headline1 = "";
$headline2 = "";
if(!$page->checkbox1) $headline1 = "<h2>{$page->title}</h2>";
if(!$page->checkbox2) $headline2 = "<h2>{$page->text1}</h2>";

// Output

echo "
<div class='pageTableSection {$page->template->name}'>
    <div class='inner'>
        <div class='col one-half'>
        <div class='col one-half'>


And the basic page template gets enhanced by ("layout" being the PageTableExtend field):


 * basic page template
 * including PageTable layout parts

$content = "{$page->body}";

     foreach($page->layout as $l){
         $content .= $l->render();

That way, the layout parts are easily renderable in the Admin with PageTableExtended.
While writing this, I want to point to another feature of the module. If rendered by PageTableExtended, the template gets an option 'pageTableExtended' which you can use in your part template:
// Output

echo "
<div class='pageTableSection {$page->template->name}'>
    <div class='inner'>
        <div class='col one-half'>
        <div class='col one-half'>


    // we are not in the Admin, so we include our social media buttons which we only need in our frontend

Hope that helps.

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I hadn't actually realised you could specify more than one template for a PageTable field! Did that get snuck in after one of the early versions or am I just blind in general? :)

It actually makes an "article" system a lot easier to build where an editing user might want to dump in some text, then an image, then some more text exactly as you have, but with your module it's one step better as it's pretty much WYSIWIG.

Inline edits would be nice as folks have said, but this is still really, really useful!

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I hadn't actually realised you could specify more than one template for a PageTable field! Did that get snuck in after one of the early versions or am I just blind in general?
Wasn't there from the beginning. But as owzim posted this: https://processwire.com/talk/topic/4189-flexibility-in-page-design/page-4#entry63924 I knew, this is the key to my always wanted flexible layout parts :)
It actually makes an "article" system a lot easier to build where an editing user might want to dump in some text, then an image, then some more text exactly as you have, but with your module it's one step better as it's pretty much WYSIWIG.
Inline edits would be nice as folks have said, but this is still really, really useful!

Of course they would be. But as I said: If there would be a solution for the frontend, it could easily be applied to this module. I think developing a solution only for this module would be out of scope.

Will try to include Apeisa's Fredi. If that works without hazzle, any inline solution should work.

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So behind the times :(

@MadeMyDay - just submitted a pull request to fix some freaky things I was experiencing either due to a template delegation situation or some freaky admin code I've done but I think it could affect certain people in certain scenarios so best to be safe.

And because I'm nice I made sure it was all still compatible with your instructions afterwards ;)

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