Content Fields

After you create a content type you need to add fields to it, so the user can add his content to the object.

Content fields video tutorials (Dutch):

Name and ID

Content fields have a name and an id. The name is used as the label above the field in the edit screens. The id is the key that is used as an attribute to call on the object variable in the theme files. In the example of the ‘Colored Button’ content type, you could add a field for the background color of the button.

In the user’s edit screen for a colored button it would say ‘Background color of the button’ above the field. In the theme file (colored_buttons/_colored_button.plate) you would use colored_button.bg_color to call the contents of the field on the object. In this case, colored_button being the object with the ‘Colored button’ content type, and bg_color being the field id and attribute name for the colored_button object. Read the documentation on objects for more on how to call the attributes inside the theme files.

Content Field kinds

You can add the following kinds of content fields to a content type.

Text Field

A single line text field, that can be used for titles etc.

Text area

A multiline text field, suitable for longer texts. This field can be turned into a code field with syntax highlighting, so the user can type in code. This field is also best used when using the edit_text_inline templating tag.

Media field

A field that gives the user access to the media library, where he can pick or upload new images, PDF’s and other attachments. Calling a media field object attribute returns an attachment object.

Choice field

This field gives the user one or more choices to choose from. You can add possible choices (predefined values), or pick a true/false choice option. The possible choice field kinds are:

References field

Read all about references fields here.

The user can choose a post from a dropdown to link to, an attachment from the media library, or just type in a (external) URL.


In many cases you want to reference objects from another content type. For example, when you’re creating a gallery, you want the user to be able to add one or more gallery items. However, these gallery items are standalone objects with a content type and fields themselves. To accomplish this you use the References field.

When creating a References field, you pick a content type to reference. The user chooses from all of this content type’s objects from a list in the edit screen. Since there needs to be a value to recognize the referenced objects in this list, you also need to select a text field that is used to represent the object in this list. This is done in the dropdown under ‘Select the field that represents the title of the referenced object’. If the referenced content type does not have a text field, you cannot choose it to reference it.

If the referenced content type does not have a text field:

The values of the selected field turn up in the reference field’s list of records, like this:

Reference context

You alse need to pick a so-called ‘Context’ for the Reference field. You can choose from Global context and Local context.

Global context

The user can pick an object from a list of existing objects that belong to the designated content type, or create a new one. This context is used if you need to add one or more authors to a news article, for example. The same authors are added to other news articles, and those references need to link to the same object.

Local context

Everytime the user adds a reference, a new object of the designated content type gets created. Let’s stick with the example of the image gallery: every time a gallery gets added a gallery item, a new record needs to be created, since other galleries do not need to reference that exact same object.

The distinction between these two contexts was made to prevent multiple objects with the exact same attributes being created. In the case of the author for news articles, every news article that has a reference to a certain author, references to the same author object. If an attribute for the author changes, i.e. the author’s age, this change needs to be reflected in every reference to the author. So before picking a context, ask yourself: ‘can there be multiple references to the same object in my project?’ If so, pick global. If not, pick local.

Validation rules

You can add validation rules to content fields. This means that end users filling in these fields must comply with these rules. If they do not, they cannot save the object they’re editing/creating. The most commonly used validation rule is ‘required’, where the field must have a value before being savd. You can add the following validation Rules:

The user is required to enter something in this field

Speaks for itself.

Required length of content (text fields)

The content length of the text field must be between, greater than or lower than set numeric value(s).

Match content with a pattern (text fields)

You can pass a regular expression. Useful when the content must follow a certain pattern: email, zipcode, only numbers, etc.

Allowed file types (media field)

The selected media file must be of one of the allowed file types:

Required file size (media field)

The selected media file must be between, greater than or lower than set value(s) in file size.

Required amount of selected options (checkbox choice field)

The user must check a number of checkboxes that is between, greater than or lower than set numeric value(s).

Required amount of referenced objects (references field)

The user must create a number of references that is between, greater than or lower than set numeric value(s).

Creating content fields