Staging bar for staging environments to warn your clients and link to the production environment
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Soflomo StagingBar

The Soflomo StagingBar is a very small Zend Framework 2 module rendering a notification bar at the top of every page. The bar is meant for staging environment to inform visitors the website is only meant for testing purposes and should not be confused with the production version.

Preview of staging bar


Add "soflomo/staging-bar" to your composer.json file and update your dependencies. Enable Soflomo\StagingBar in your local application.config.php.

If you do not have a composer.json file in the root of your project, copy the contents below and put that into a file called composer.json and save it in the root of your project:

    "require": {
        "soflomo/staging-bar": ">=1.0.0,<2.0.0-dev"

Then execute the following commands in a CLI:

curl -s | php
php composer.phar install

Now you should have a vendor directory, including a soflomo/staging-bar. In your bootstrap code, make sure you include the vendor/autoload.php file to properly load the Soflomo StagingBar module.

Local application configuration

This module is the easiest to load via a local application configuration file. This means that just like "local" files in the config/autoload, you can also enable application on a local level. To achieve this, replace your application.config.php with the following file:

use Zend\Stdlib\ArrayUtils;

$config = array(
    'modules' => array(
        // Here all your global modules
    'module_listener_options' => array(
        'config_glob_paths'    => array(
        'module_paths' => array(

$local = __DIR__ . '/application.config.local.php';
if (is_readable($local)) {
    $config = ArrayUtils::merge($config, require($local));

return $config;

Then create a local dist file which acts as a template for all local installations, called application.config.local.php.dist:

return array(
    'modules' => array(
        // Here all your local modules

Then copy this dist file to remove the .dist extension. Commit the new application config and dist file into your versioning system and make sure to ignore the local application configuration.

Now you can easily enable Soflomo\StagingBar in your local application configuration without the struggle to disable it on your development or production versions.

Custom staging bar

You can override the template used to render this bar. Just create a view script that resolves to soflomo-staging-bar/partial/staging-bar.phtml and that file will be rendered. Note the bar contains some inline styles to render the bar correctly. If you override the template, it is suggested to copy these styles as well.

If you do not want to render a script with this long template name, you can use the template key in the configuration to modify the location of the template:

'soflomo_staging_bar' => array(
    'template' => 'here/your/template'

Custom variables

In your own template, you can inject variables to ease configuration of the bar. The variables key in the configuration is mapped to variables in the view model:

'soflomo_staging_bar' => array(
    'variables' => array('foo' => 'bar'),

If you call $foo in your template, it will echo bar.