Customising the editing interface¶
Customising the tabbed interface¶
As standard, Wagtail organises panels for pages into three tabs: ‘Content’, ‘Promote’ and ‘Settings’. For snippets Wagtail puts all panels into one page. Depending on the requirements of your site, you may wish to customise this for specific page types or snippets - for example, adding an additional tab for sidebar content. This can be done by specifying an
edit_handler attribute on the page or snippet model. For example:
from wagtail.admin.edit_handlers import TabbedInterface, ObjectList class BlogPage(Page): # field definitions omitted content_panels = [ FieldPanel('title', classname="full title"), FieldPanel('date'), FieldPanel('body', classname="full"), ] sidebar_content_panels = [ SnippetChooserPanel('advert'), InlinePanel('related_links', label="Related links"), ] edit_handler = TabbedInterface([ ObjectList(content_panels, heading='Content'), ObjectList(sidebar_content_panels, heading='Sidebar content'), ObjectList(Page.promote_panels, heading='Promote'), ObjectList(Page.settings_panels, heading='Settings', classname="settings"), ])
Rich Text (HTML)¶
Wagtail provides a general-purpose WYSIWYG editor for creating rich text content (HTML) and embedding media such as images, video, and documents. To include this in your models, use the
RichTextField function when defining a model field:
from wagtail.core.fields import RichTextField from wagtail.admin.edit_handlers import FieldPanel class BookPage(Page): book_text = RichTextField() content_panels = Page.content_panels + [ FieldPanel('body', classname="full"), ]
RichTextField inherits from Django’s basic
TextField field, so you can pass any field parameters into
RichTextField as if using a normal Django field. This field does not need a special panel and can be defined with
However, template output from
RichTextField is special and needs to be filtered in order to preserve embedded content. See Rich text (filter).
Limiting features in a rich text field¶
By default, the rich text editor provides users with a wide variety of options for text formatting and inserting embedded content such as images. However, we may wish to restrict a rich text field to a more limited set of features - for example:
- The field might be intended for a short text snippet, such as a summary to be pulled out on index pages, where embedded images or videos would be inappropriate;
- When page content is defined using StreamField, elements such as headings, images and videos are usually given their own block types, alongside a rich text block type used for ordinary paragraph text; in this case, allowing headings and images to also exist within the rich text content is redundant (and liable to result in inconsistent designs).
This can be achieved by passing a
features keyword argument to
RichTextField, with a list of identifiers for the features you wish to allow:
body = RichTextField(features=['h2', 'h3', 'bold', 'italic', 'link'])
The feature identifiers provided on a default Wagtail installation are as follows:
h6- heading elements
italic- bold / italic text
ul- ordered / unordered lists
hr- horizontal rules
link- page, external and email links
document-link- links to documents
image- embedded images
embed- embedded media (see Embedded content)
We have few additional feature identifiers as well. They are not enabled by default, but you can use them in your list of identifiers. These are as follows:
code- inline code
strikethrough- text formatting
The process for creating new features is described in the following pages:
Image Formats in the Rich Text Editor¶
On loading, Wagtail will search for any app with the file
image_formats.py and execute the contents. This provides a way to customise the formatting options shown to the editor when inserting images in the
As an example, add a “thumbnail” format:
# image_formats.py from wagtail.images.formats import Format, register_image_format register_image_format(Format('thumbnail', 'Thumbnail', 'richtext-image thumbnail', 'max-120x120'))
To begin, import the
register_image_format function, and optionally
unregister_image_format function. To register a new
Format, call the
register_image_format with the
Format object as the argument. The
Format class takes the following constructor arguments:
- The unique key used to identify the format. To unregister this format, call
unregister_image_formatwith this string as the only argument.
- The label used in the chooser form when inserting the image into the
The string to assign to the
classattribute of the generated
Any class names you provide must have CSS rules matching them written separately, as part of the front end CSS code. Specifying a
leftwill only ensure that class is output in the generated markup, it won’t cause the image to align itself left.
- The string specification to create the image rendition. For more, see the How to use images in templates.
To unregister, call
unregister_image_format with the string of the
name of the
Format as the only argument.
Formatobjects will cause errors viewing or editing pages that reference them.
Customising generated forms¶
Wagtail automatically generates forms using the panels configured on the model.
By default, this form subclasses
WagtailAdminPageForm for pages.
A custom base form class can be configured by setting the
base_form_class attribute on any model.
Custom forms for snippets must subclass
and custom forms for pages must subclass
This can be used to add non-model fields to the form, to automatically generate field content, or to add custom validation logic for your models:
from django import forms from django.db import models import geocoder # not in Wagtail, for example only - https://geocoder.readthedocs.io/ from wagtail.admin.edit_handlers import FieldPanel from wagtail.admin.forms import WagtailAdminPageForm from wagtail.core.models import Page class EventPageForm(WagtailAdminPageForm): address = forms.CharField() def clean(self): cleaned_data = super().clean() # Make sure that the event starts before it ends start_date = cleaned_data['start_date'] end_date = cleaned_data['end_date'] if start_date and end_date and start_date > end_date: self.add_error('end_date', 'The end date must be after the start date') return cleaned_data def save(self, commit=True): page = super().save(commit=False) # Update the duration field from the submitted dates page.duration = (page.end_date - page.start_date).days # Fetch the location by geocoding the address page.location = geocoder.arcgis(self.cleaned_data['address']) if commit: page.save() return page class EventPage(Page): start_date = models.DateField() end_date = models.DateField() duration = models.IntegerField() location = models.CharField(max_length=255) content_panels = [ FieldPanel('title'), FieldPanel('start_date'), FieldPanel('end_date'), FieldPanel('address'), ] base_form_class = EventPageForm
Wagtail will generate a new subclass of this form for the model,
adding any fields defined in
Any fields already defined on the model will not be overridden by these automatically added fields,
so the form field for a model field can be overridden by adding it to the custom form.