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CpMultiplane is a small PHP front end for the fast and headless Cockpit CMS. It is no Cockpit addon, so don't copy it in the cockpit addon folder. It is designed to use Cockpit as a library to keep the idea of having a headless CMS. When calling Cockpit directly (UI or API), it has no clue about CpMultiplane in the background.

CpMultiplane is the refactored version of Monoplane. The code base was ugly, it was designed for very simple portfolio websites with a few pages and it didn't really support multilingual setups.


  • PHP >= 7.0
  • PDO + SQLite (or MongoDB)
  • GD extension
  • mod_rewrite, mod_versions enabled (on apache)

make also sure that $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'] exists and is set correctly.


  • copy all files of this repository in your web root
  • copy Cockpit in a subfolder of your web root and name it cockpit
  • copy additional addons, create your collections, adjust some settings

You can find the detailed version and a cli install example in /docs/


  • pages and posts
  • multilingual with language prefix, e. g.:
  • 2 modes for structured content
    1. one collection per content type, e. g. a collection named pages and a collection named posts
    2. a single collection named pages - each entry has a type page or post
  • maintenance mode with option for allowed ips
  • simple content preview while editing pages
  • a basic responsive theme with scss files
  • simple privacy notice banner, that gets enabled when clicking on video link
  • contact forms - fully functional without javascript
  • pre-rendering of fields, e. g. markdown, wysiwyg
  • multiple ways to change everything
  • GUI is coming soon...
  • ...

Recommended Addons

Install these addons in cockpit/addons/.

  • CpMultiplaneBundle - it contains the following addons:
    • CpMultiplaneGUI
      • adds a few fields to the sidebar, so you don't have to define them in your collection definitions
      • some gui tweaks for easier access
      • work in progress...
    • UniqueSlugs
      • If links should point to slug instead of _id
      • for multilingual slugs in language switch
    • rljUtils
      • fixes security issues in Admin UI for multi user setups
      • big language buttons for multilingual setups
    • FormValidation
      • The inbuilt Forms Controller requires field definitions from this addon
      • The inbuilt views and css files are written to match the field definitions
    • VideoLinkField
      • inbuilt /assets/js/mp.js, some views and css files are designed to load videos privacy friendly with a privacy notice, that pops up only when a user clicks a play button
    • SimpleImageFixBlackBackgrounds
      • replaces the SimpleImage library with a modified version to fix black backgrounds of transparent png and gif files on hosts with a non-bundled PHP GD version
  • EditorFormats - if you want to give your users a Wysiwyg field

If you install the bundle and EditorFormats, you should also use the BootManager, because the VideoLinkField addon must be loaded after EditorFormats if you want to configure it via this addon.

Intended use

  1. Create a singleton site for your default page definitions.
  2. Create a collection pages for all of your pages.
  3. Create a collection posts for all of your blog posts.
  4. Use the CpMultiplaneGUI addon.

Default templates

coming soon...


The fastest way to change some defaults, is to add some values to MP_DOCS_ROOT/cockpit/config/config.yaml:

to do...

    slugName: slug
    isMultilingual: true
    # isInMaintenanceMode: true
    # allowedIpsInMaintenanceMode:
    # isPreviewEnabled: false
    preRenderFields: ["content", "excerpt"]
    displayPostsLimit: 6
    paginationDropdownLimit: 5
    formSendReferer: true                         # send current page with the contact form
            width: 200
            height: 200
            width: 968
            height: 200

If you change some settings and your page doesn't update, clear your cache in Settings --> System --> Cache --> click trash icon or just call /cockpit/call/cockpit/clearCache?acl=qwe while you are logged in and have cockpit manage rights.

Reserved routes

  • /login - Calling reroutes to the admin folder, e. g.
  • /getImage - Calling /getImage?src=assets_id?w=100&h=100&m=thumbnail returns images/thumbnails with predefined settings, that can be adjusted with params
  • /submit and /forms - for contact forms
  • /getPreview and /livePreview for content preview

Copyright and License

Copyright 2019 Raffael Jesche under the MIT license.

See LICENSE for more information.

Credits and third party resources

Without Cockpit, CpMultiplane couldn't exist. Thanks to Artur Heinze and to all contributors.

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