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Craft CMS Symlinked Entries

On Linux systems, a symlink is very known. It's a shortcut to another location somewhere on the system.

This idea can exist on the web as well. For example; when you have multiple menu's on your website, and you have repeated a page multiple times but you don't want to actual have the page multiple times.

Requirements

This plugin requires Craft CMS 3.2 or later.

Installation

You can install this plugin from the Plugin Store or with Composer.

From the Plugin Store

Go to the Plugin Store in your project’s Control Panel and search for "Symlinked". Then click on the "Install" button in its modal window.

With Composer

Open your terminal and run the following commands:

# go to the project directory
cd /path/to/my-project.test

# tell Composer to load the plugin
composer require bertoost/craft-symlinkedentries

# tell Craft to install the plugin
./craft install/plugin symlinked-entries

Setup your Craft CMS

Within Craft you have to create some fields to make this possible (to make the user decide whatever happens).

field-designer

Required custom fields

These fields will be added to your Craft CMS when you install this plugin. You only have to configure any Entry Type to use these fields.

symlinkTo

This is the main field. It's a field of type "Entries" and the user should be able to set the field to a single Entry (as you decide by the settings).

symlinkRedirect

A lightswitch (flag) field to let the user decide whether the symlink-entry is reached, it should be redirected to it's symlinked page.

Optional custom fields

Of course you can add any field to the Entry Type setup you want, below an example;

symlinkCanonicalTag

Also a lightswitch field, to let the user decide whether or not a canonical tag should be added to HTML. Of course this only works when not redirecting.

Templating

When a Symlinked entry is reached on the website, the plugin wil detect that it's symlinked and it will re-route your entry to your Symlinked Entry. It also uses the template where the symlinked entry is linked to.

From here you have an extra template variable availble;

Variable Description
entry The destination Entry configured as Symlink-to Entry
symlinkEntry The original Entry, so you can use other symlink fields

Example usage

{% if symlinkEntry is defined and symlinkEntry.symlinkCanonicalTag %}
    <link rel="canonical" href="{{ symlinkEntry.symlinkTo.one().getUrl() }}">
{% endif %}
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