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An enhanced version of the Text plugin for django CMS. It allows wrapping the text plugin inside a template selectable by the CMS content editor.


This plugin is not meant to replace cms.plugins.text. It is an enhancement for certain use cases. For most types of content, you should probably still use cms.plugins.text or write a specifically tailored plugin.


  • Django 1.4+
  • Django CMS 2.3+
  • djangocms-text-ckeditor (only if using cms 3+)


  • Add cmsplugin_text_ng to your INSTALLED_APPS.
  • Create some templates (more on that soon) and add them in the admin.

Basic example: static template

Let's say you want to have a text plugin with a facebook "like" button. Your template could look something like this:

<div class="text left">
    {{ body|safe }}
<div class="fb-like right">
    <h2>Like this page on facebook!</h2>
    <fb:like send="false" width="450" show_faces="true"></fb:like>

Advanced example: dynamic template

Let's assume you want to set the content of the <h2>-tag on a per-plugin basis. No problem! That's what the {% define %} template tag does:

{% load text_ng_tags %}
{% define h2_content as text %}
<div class="text left">
    {{ body|safe }}
<div class="fb-like right">
    <h2>{{ h2_content }}</h2>
    <fb:like send="false" width="450" show_faces="true"></fb:like>

When you edit the plugin, you will now have a text box with the "h2_content" as a label. Its content will be added to the context when rendering the plugin. You can access it like any context variable: {{ h2_content }}.

The as text part of the template tag refers to the type of the variable. cmsplugin-text-ng comes with one type (text). Additionally, there is an image type in cmsplugin_text_ng.contrib.textng_filer that uses django-filer to add images to the template context. If you want to use it, make sure that both filer and cmsplugin_text_ng.contrib.textng_file are listed in your INSTALLED_APPS.

Really (just kidding) advanced example: define your own types

So, you want to add some HTML code right below the "like" button, and your content editors insist on using TinyMCE. Let's do this! Using the awesome HTMLField from django-tinymce, we set up a model with a tinymce'd textarea:

from django.utils.translation import ugettext_lazy as _

from tinymce.models import HTMLField

from cmsplugin_text_ng.models import TextNGVariableBase
from cmsplugin_text_ng.type_registry import register_type

class TextNGVariableHTML(TextNGVariableBase):
    value = HTMLField(null=True, verbose_name=_('value'))

    class Meta:
        verbose_name = _('html text')
        verbose_name_plural = _('html texts')

register_type('htmltext', TextNGVariableHTML)

A couple of things to note:

  • your type has to inherit from TextNGVariableBase.
  • the field containing the data that should end up in the context has to be named "value"
  • it has to be nullable (the null=True part).
  • the type name (htmltext in the example) has to be unique over the whole project. You might want to prefix it with something unique to your app.

cmsplugin-text-ng will complain (loudly!) if these conditions are not met.

Where were we? Right, the template. To use your new, awesome type in a template, just use the {% define %} tag to your advantage, like so:

{% load text_ng_tags %}
{% define h2_content as text %}
{% define html_content as htmltext %}
<div class="text left">
    {{ body|safe }}
<div class="fb-like right">
    <h2>{{ h2_content }}</h2>
    <fb:like send="false" width="450" show_faces="true"></fb:like>
    {{ html_content|safe }}



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