Multiple news/weblog sections

Your project can host multiple independent news/weblog sections, each with their own items. For example, a company website might have a news section for publishing press releases, and a weblog for publishing more informal articles.

To do this, you need to create a django CMS page for each news/weblog section, and add an apphook for Aldryn News & Blog to each of them. You will also need to create a separate apphook configuration for each of them - apphook configurations cannot be shared between apphook instances.

Creating a new News & Blog section

The quickest way to do this is:

  • Create the new page.
  • In its Advanced settings, choose Newsblog in the Application field. A new field, Application configurations, will appear immediately below it.
  • Add a new application configuration, by selecting the + icon.


Instance namespace - a unique (and slug-like) name for this configuration. Note that this cannot be subsequently changed.

Application title - A human-readable name for the configuration, that helps explain its purpose to the users of the system. For example, if this news section will publish press releases, call it Press releases. The name will be reflected in the django CMS toolbar when you’re on that page.

Permalink type - the format of canonical URLs for articles in this section.

Non-permalink-handling - For convenience, the system can optionally resolve URLs that are not in the canonical format. For example, if the canonical URL is 2016/11/27/man-bites-dog, the URL man-bites-dog can redirect to it. This behaviour is the default, but optional.

Prefix for template directories - If you’d like this news section to use custom templates, create a set in a new directory. So for example, instead of using the default aldryn_newsblog/article_list.html, it will look for aldryn_newsblog/custom-directory/article_list.html.

Include in search index - see Per-apphook indexing.

Other fields are self-explanatory.

Apphook configurations can also be created and edited in other ways:

  • from the Django Admin, in Aldryn News & Blog > Application configuration
  • from the option Configure addon... in the apphook’s menu in the django CMS toolbar

Access to application configuration

Typically, you will not provide most content editors of your site with admin permissions to manage apphooks - this should be reserved for site managers.

Creating content in a specific News & Blog section


The section that a particular article is attached to is set in its Application Configuration field, in its Advanced settings. This can be changed once an article has been created, thus moving it from one section of a site to another.

Section-specific shared content

In Shared content, we noted that you can use Static placeholders in your article templates article_detail.html, so that all articles can incorporate some boilerplate content (a typical example would be a list of social media links):

{% static_placeholder "newsblog_social" %}

Sometimes this is all you need, but if you are maintaining multiple News & Blog sections, you might not want site-wide shared content of this kind, but only section-specific shared content. For example, you might require one set of social media links for news pages aimed at your customers and another for pages aimed at your investors.

In this case, you will need to override the default templates, which you can do at project level. You can remove the default {% static_placeholder %} altogether if you wish, or you can simply add new apphook-configuration-aware placeholder template tags where you need them. For example:

{% render_placeholder view.config.placeholder_detail_bottom %}

Unlike static placeholder template tags, which can be added arbitrarily to your templates as you need them, these are standard PlaceholderFields, defined in the NewsBlogConfig model.

Several are defined there ready for you to use if you need them, and you advised to use them rather than amend that model to add your own (which will require forking the News & Blog code-base, and creating your own migrations for them.)