vjCommentPlugin - 1.2.5

Comment behavior + comment's administration and moderation

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This plugin proviedes possibility to add commentable functionality to your models, which will allow users to place comments.

A presentation of the plugin is available here.


  • Install the plugin

    $ ./symfony plugin:install vjCommentPlugin
    $ ./symfony plugin:publish-assets
    $ ./symfony cc
  • If you do migrations, run them now:

    $ ./symfony doctrine:generate-migrations-diff
    $ ./symfony doctrine:migrate

How to make something commentable?

Add behavior in your schema:

  • edit config/doctrine/schema.yml

        # others behaviors

Build your project:

  • If it's a new project (you don't have build all, so do it !)

    $ ./symfony doctrine:build --all
  • If it's an old project, you're adding Commentable ability to:

    $ ./symfony doctrine:build --all-classes

At this point behaviour doesn't change or add anything to the model, so migrations will do nothing.

Activate module in frontend

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/settings.yml

    enabled_modules:        [..., comment]

Add the form and/or the list of comments wherever you want

  • edit your action file

    public function executeIndex(sfWebRequest $request)
      $this->news = Doctrine::getTable('News')->find($request->getParameter('id'));
  • edit your template file

    <?php include_component('comment', 'formComment', array('object' => $yourModelsObject)) ?>
    <?php include_component('comment', 'list', array('object' => $yourModelsObject, 'i' => 0)) ?>

And ... that's all ! You only need to get your object and to pass it to the template and two components do the rest.

Changing the sort order of displayed comments

It's possible to set the sort order of displayed comments to either DESC (newest on top) or ASC (oldest on top):

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        list_order: ASC #or DESC

Activate pagination on comments list

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        #false by default
        pagination_active: true
        #10 by default
        max_per_page: 5

How to allow or disallow HTML tags in comments

Before 1.2.0 version, we used ESC_RAW to render comment's content and only used blockquote, div, br and strong HTML tags. In 1.2.0, we let your escaping strategy working but in most of the cases, HTML tags were escaped.

Since 1.2.1, we've introduced HTML Purifier to do the job. The plugin embeds version 4.2.0 of the library (released on 2010-09-15). By default, we allow blockquote, strong, div and br tags but you can override these.

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        #set to false use only your allowed tags
        merge: true
        #by default, [blockquote,strong,div,br] are allowed
        #set to [i,u] with merge to true allows [blockquote,strong,div,br,i,u]
        #set to [] with merge to false disables allowed tags
        allowed_tags: [i,u]

Logged users, comments and profile options

Since 1.1.0 we've added setting, that would allow you to connect sfGuardUser with comments:

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        guardbind: false
        restricted: false

First setting adds relation between Comment and sfGuardUser model. After changing this setting, make sure create migrations:

$ ./symfony doctrine:generate-migrations-diff
$ ./symfony doctrine:migrate
$ ./symfony doctrine:build --all-classes

Second setting if set to true restricts comments only to logged in user.

You can define options to retrieve email and website address or name in profile object :

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

          # alias between user and profiles tables
          alias: Profile
          # name of the fields used to retrieve name, email and website informations
          field_name: Name
          field_email: Email
          field_website : Website

Config for sfDoctrineGuardPlugin

The version 5.0.0 of sfDoctrineGuardPlugin introduce a big change in schema : id switched from int(4) to int(8).

To integrate this change into this plugin, you need to overwrite user_id's definition in project's schema definition

  • with sfDoctrineGuardPlugin since 5.0.0

      type: integer(8)
      notnull: false

How to enable reCaptcha

You need to enable it in each frontend application

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        enabled:        true
        # visit http://recaptcha.net/
        public_key:     your_public_recaptcha_key
        private_key:    your_private_recaptcha_key

How to disable or param Gravatar

Gravatar is enabled by default, to disable it

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        enabled:        false

You can change default size, image or directories of gravatar

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        default_size:   40
        default_image:  <?php echo sfConfig::get('sf_web_dir') ?>/images/gravatar_default.png
        upload_dir:     .. # by default, this uses sf_upload_dir configuration
        cache_dir_name: g_cache

How to moderate comments and/or reports ?

Activate modules in backend

  • edit apps/your_backend_app/config/settings.yml

    enabled_modules:        [..., commentAdmin, commentReportAdmin]

Moderate comments You can edit a comment, reply to or delete one. Deletion is not permanent ; the comment appears in frontend with the mention 'deleted by moderator'. You can restore it. Reply in backend is same as reply in frontend. You can use the user object to override author values in the form.

Moderate reports You can remove, validate or invalidate a report and edit or remove a comment. There's three states : untreated, validated and invalidated. By default, list only shows untreated reports. You can switch in filters.

In the list of the commentAdmin module, comment's body is truncated to 50 characters by default to keep a readable list. You can edit this option :

  • edit apps/your_frontend_app/config/app.yml

        max_length:     50


English (default), French, Italian, Spanish and Polish translations are embed in the plugin.

To use french :

  • edit apps/your_apps/config/settings.yml

    default_culture:        fr #en
    i18n:                   true
  • edit apps/your_apps/config/app.yml

      culture_locale:  fr_FR.utf8
  • edit apps/your_apps/config/factories.yml

        class: myUser
  • edit apps/your_apps/lib/myUser.class.php

    class myUser extends sfBasicSecurityUser
      public function setCulture($culture)
        setlocale(LC_TIME, sfConfig::get('app_culture_locale'));
  • copy the generator.yml files

    $ cp -r plugins/vjCommentPlugin/more/modules/fr/commentAdmin/ apps/your_backend_app/modules/
    $ cp -r plugins/vjCommentPlugin/more/modules/fr/commentReportAdmin/ apps/your_backend_app/modules/
    $ symfony cc
  • don't forget to delete your cookies !


Please contact me if you see a problem, an error or if you think that something can be enhanced ! Advice are cool too !