sfAdminDashPlugin - 0.9.1

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.


sfJqueryReloadedPlugin This plugin depends on sfJqueryReloadedPlugin to create the dropdown menu and manipulate the view. If this plugin is not yest installed, the symfony plugin dependency system will install it when you install sfAdminDashPlugin.

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 generator 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   #setting the css to a placeholder 

      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_component('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 also be a warning saying Plugin not configured. Please see documentation. We will fix that soon.

Step 3 (optional) - setup the dashboard

Set your application's homepage in your application's routing.yml to:

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

You should still 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
    site:                         My Site
    include_path:                 true
    include_jquery_no_conflict:   false
    logout:                       true
    login_route:                  @sf_guard_signin
    logout_route:                 @sf_guard_signout
  • 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 for a directory inside image_dir called small for an image with the same - it should be 16x16.
    • html - Resizes the image with the html img tag width/height attributes.
  • site - What you would like the site name to be (shows up in the path bar as a link).
  • include_path - Whether to generate path "breadcrumbs". Those are meant mainly for the admin generator.
  • include_jquery_no_conflict - In case you are using another JS framework in you website, you should set this to true. It will prevent jQuery from interfering.
  • logout - Whether a logout link will be shown.
  • login_route - The route to the login action, defaults to the sfGuardPlugin's.
  • logout_route - The route to the logout action, defaults to the sfGuardPlugin's.

You can 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 can be just the image name - the plugin will look for it in the folder specified in the global settings. Alternatively you can also specify an absolute path, like so image: /somefolder/someimage.jpg.

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.

By default the plugin header prints a cookie trail in the format "module / action". To make module and action names more userfriendly, you can overwrite them using the "translator" property like so:

      sfGuardUser:            # the module we are translating
        title: Users          # title for that module
        actions:              # actions array
          editUser:  edit     # here we specify each action and its translation

Step 6 (optional) - setting up login screen

Packaged with this plugin is a partial called login. Currently, it works with sfGuardPlugin. Include it like this:

// in application/modules/sfGuardAuth/templates/signinSuccess.php
<?php include_partial('sfAdminDash/login', array('form' => $form)); ?>


  • use an actual admin generator theme
  • clean up css

Feel free to email me with suggestions/bugs.