sfAdminDashPlugin - 0.8.0

Dashboard interface for application backend

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I found for all my symfony projects which had backends I had to create a menu to access all the various modules. This plugin automates the process by using a configuration file.

How to use

Step 1 - install plugin

Install the plugin, clear the cache and activate the sfAdminDash module in the application's settings.yml.

enabled_modules:        [default, sfAdminDash]

Step 2 - setup theme

Publish the plugin's assets:


If the modules are admin generator modules, deactivate the default admin generators theme in each module's generator.yml by creating a css property. You can either point the css property to a real stylesheet or just use a placeholder.

  class: sfPropelGenerator
    model_class:           Article
    theme:                 admin
    non_verbose_templates: true
    with_show:             false
    singular:              ~
    plural:                ~
    route_prefix:          article
    with_propel_route:     1
    css:                   nothing

      actions: ~
      fields:  ~
      list:    ~
      filter:  ~
      form:    ~
      edit:    ~
      new:     ~

In the future I would like to create an actual theme by overriding the default files but I found an issue when trying to do this (see my ticket)

Add the plugin's header and footer partials to your applications global layout:

  <?php include_partial('sfAdminDash/header') ?>
  <?php echo $sf_content ?>
  <?php include_partial('sfAdminDash/footer') ?>

At this point your modules should be styled with the joomla-like theme. There should be a warning saying Plugin not configured. Please see documentation. We will fix that soon.

Step 3 (optional) - setup the dashboard

Set your applications homepage in your applications routing.yml to look like:

  url:   /
  param: { module: sfAdminDash, action: dashboard }

Again you see that warning, we will address that next.

Step 4 - configure global plugin configuration

The plugin's app.yml file looks like the following:

    web_dir:              /sfAdminDashPlugin
    image_dir:            /sfAdminDashPlugin/images/icons/
    default_image:        config.png
    resize_mode:          thumbnail
    logout:               yes
    site:                 My Site
    include_jquery:       yes
  • web_dir - where the plugin's default css/javascript/images are kept
  • image_dir - where your images for the dash/menu items are kept - images should be 48x48
  • default_image - the default item image if none is specified - this must be in the image_dir folder
  • resize_mode - how the image will be resized for the menu items
    • thumbnail - looks in a directory inside image_dir called small for the same image name - these should be 16x16
    • html - resizes the image within the html img tag
  • logout is whether the logout link should be shown
  • site - what you would like the site name to be (shows up in the path bar as a link)
  • include_jquery - the plugin's javascript needs jquery - choose no if your application already includes it

Override these settings as you see fit.

Step 5 - configure the dashboard/menu items

Items are controlled by your application's app.yml file. The best way to show how to use this is with an example:

I have created backend application and 2 admin modules: Comment and Article.

To create dash/menu items for these modules I use this format:

        url:    article
        url:    comment

This creates 2 items on the dashboard and a Menu dropdown. The url property should be an internal URI. You can also set credentials and an image. The image property is just the image name - its location is specified in the global settings.

The credential property can be used to hide options from users who do not have specific credentials. This gives the ability for different users to see different options. The format for this is the same as when setting credentials in security.yml.

NOTE: This just prevents the user from seeing the item. You still need to setup the same credentials in security.yml to prevent the user from accessing the module.

Here is an sample configuration:

        url:          article
        image:        book.png
        credentials:  [[admin, publisher]]
        url:          comment
        image:        textcloud.png
        credentials:  [admin]

The above example shows the Articles item only to users with the admin or publisher credential and the Comments item only to users with the admin credential. The images are self explanatory.
Packaged with this plugin is a small library of images that can be used.

You can group items into categories as well by embedding the items into a category name property under categories property:

            url:          article
            image:        book.png
            credentials:  [[admin, publisher]]
            url:          comment
            image:        textcloud.png
            credentials:  [admin]

Category names are not only seperated on the dashboard but they have their own dropdown menu.

You can set credentials to entire categories like so:

        credentials:      [admin]
            url:          article
            image:        book.png
            url:          comment
            image:        textcloud.png

This hides the entire category from the user if they don't have the admin credential.

Step 6 (optional) - setting up login screen

Packaged with this plugin is a partial called login. Currently, it works with sfGuardPlugin. To prevent the path and menu bar from showing decorate the login with another layout that calls the header_top partial rather than header.


  • use an actual admin generator theme
  • make a more dynamic login screen (configurable in the global config)
  • clean up css

Feel free to email me with suggestions/bugs.