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Article Craft Plugin

Article solves a very specific problem: parsing Markdown-formatted content in Matrix fields. In particular, Markdown-formatted content which contains footnotes.

You may be wondering why that requires a plugin.

The truth is, it doesn't. You can achieve the same end result through a careful combination of Twig macros, includes, shouting, and despair. Article is just easier.


Article uses Smartdown to render your Markdown-formatted content. You must have version 3.0.1 or above installed and activated.


Article is not available via the Craft Plugin Store, and probably never will be. If, by some miracle, you think Article would be of use in your Craft project, you can install it using Composer.

$ cd /path/to/site
$ composer require experience/article


Article makes no assumptions regarding the structure of your Matrix field, or the templates used to render the content.

You just need to tell Article where to find your templates, by configuring the "templates path" on the plugin's settings page.


There are three ways to use Article:


The Article service exposes a single method, render. The method accepts a Matrix field, and returns the parsed content.

use experience\article\Article;

$content = Article::getInstance()->article->render($entry->matrixField);

Template service

The Article template service exposes the same render method as the main service.

{{ craft.article.render(entry.matrixField)|raw }}

Note the you must use the raw filter, otherwise Twig will auto-escape any HTML tags.

Twig filter

Article exposes a single Twig filter, renderArticle.

{{ entry.matrixField|renderArticle|raw }}

As with the template service, don't forget to use the raw filter.



When it comes time to parse your Matrix field, Article uses the templates in your templates directory to render the content of each Matrix block.

In short, Article looks for a file with the same name as the handle of the Matrix block.

For example, let's say your templates directory is articles/_blocks, and your Matrix block has a handle of "text".

In this case, Article will look for the following templates. If one of them exists, it will use it to render the Matrix block:

  • articles/_blocks/text.html
  • articles/_blocks/text.twig

The supported template extensions are controlled by Craft's defaultTemplateExtensions config setting.

The block template variable

Each template has access to a single variable, block, which is the MatrixBlock model for the current block. For example, if your text block type contains a body field, you can access it as follows:

{{ block.body }}

Tips and tricks

Article isn't a mind-reader, and it doesn't make any assumptions regarding the content of your templates.

This section includes a few tips and tricks, which should make it a little easier to author Article-friendly templates.

Use the raw filter

Apply the raw filter to Markdown-formatted content, as follows:

{{ block.markdownField|raw }}

If you don't Twig will try its utmost to convert your carefully crafted Markdown into HTML entities, resulting in non-parsed Markdown links, quotes, and so forth.

Applying the raw filter is a simple fix, which will save you countless headaches.

Tell Article if you have Markdown inside HTML

If you wrap your Markdown-formatted content with HTML tags, you'll need to let Article (or, more precisely, PHP Markdown Extra) know.

You do this by adding the markdown="1" attribute to the wrapping tag:

<div class="content-block" markdown="1">
This text is _italic_, and wrapped in paragraph tags.

PHP Markdown Extra automatically removes the markdown="1" attribute, ensuring your HTML remains nice and clean.

Eliminate whitespace

Markdown is very whitespace-sensitive. If you suddenly find your content riddled with unwanted code blocks, it's very likely that leading whitespace is the culprit.

Here's how to solve that:

<div markdown="1">
    {{- block.markdownField -}}

If you want to know more, Twig's documentation contains detailed information about whitespace control.


Article eases the pain of rendering Matrix and Markdown-powered content.




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