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DjangoCMS Embedded Menu

This simple extension allows you to place menus in placeholders via the administration interface.


  • django-cms
  • And all the requirements the above project(s) depend on.


  1. make sure you are using a python virtual environment

    virtualenv ~/Dev/virtualenv/projectname; . ~/Dev/virtualenv/projectname/bin/activate; cd ~/Dev/projects/projectname/;

  2. install it from pypi

    pip install cmsplugin-embedded-menu

  3. or, install it from github

    pip install git+


  1. add cmsplugin_embeddedmenu to your INSTALLED_APPS

  2. perform a ./ migrate (for south users), or ./ syncdb

  3. There is no step three!

Override Template

Choosing a template in the administration interface means that you populate the following two relative paths (to any of your app template dirs) with templates you desire to be made available.

  • cmsplugin_embeddedmenu/layouts

Any .html file that doesn't contain the word 'base' will be presented in the template selector combo dropdown in the admin interface.

For example, if your django project was at :


And you had a django application named SomethingSomethingSomething at :


Then templates for this plugin could be found at :


In fact, anywhere django looks for templates, you can place the following tree :


Customising Templates

Templates in all groups are provided the context :

a CMSPlugin has many useful attributes for you to use, the main one is plugin.instance a reference to the settings model.

plugin' :
    An instance of CMSPlugin, which itself provides reference to either
    of the settings models as outlined below.


base.html in the cmsplugin_configurableproduct directory is used to load the selected template chosen in the administration interface.


templates here are provided the context :

          Chosen template.


anyone is free to contribute, simply submit a merge request at github :


provide option to manipulate menu choices:

  • Refine the product filter.
  • Provide better default templates.
  • Allow selecting/use of snippets for menu templates?
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