Customizing managers

In some cases the basic managers might not be enough. For instance if you want to add some fields to a module/collection or just want to control who is allowed to view or edit the model.

Creating a custom manager

To create a custom manager extend one of the following:

So let's create a custom manager and extend 'ModuleManager'. This all works the same when you're extending the 'PageManager'.

// src/Modules/HeaderManager.php 

class HeaderManager extends ModuleManager
    public function fields(): Fields
        return new Fields([

Link your new manager to the your module in the 'ChiefProjectServiceProvider'.

// App\Providers\ChiefProjectServiceProvider.php

$this->registerModule(HeaderManager::class, Header::class);

One thing you might want to do is add some managed fields.

You can find all the possible fields here.

One important thing to remember is the name you define in the 'make()' function also corresponds to the database entry for all fields except for the Asset fields(Media, Document). So don't forget to create a column in your database for each field you add here.

Index card

The cards you see on the index for a page or module can also be customized on the manager. To do this implement the 'details()' function.

// src/Pages/CustomPageManager.php

public function details(): Details
    // For existing model
    if ($this->model->id) {
        return parent::details()
            ->set('title', ucfirst($this->model->title))
            ->set('subtitle', 'subtitle')
            ->set('intro', 'Updated on ' . $this->model->updated_at->format('d/m/Y H:i'))
            ->set('context', '<span class="inline-xs stack-s">' . $this->assistant('publish')->publicationStatusAsLabel() . '</span>');

    return parent::details();


To prevent or allow certain roles to do CRUD on this model you can implement the 'can()' function.

public function can($verb): bool
    // Do not allow creation
    if($verb == 'create' && !chiefAdmin()->hasRole('developer')) return false;

    return parent::can($verb);

The default verbs are 'create', 'store', 'edit', 'update', 'delete', 'upload'.

Pagination a manager in the admin panel

Pagination in the admin panel can be activated on each manager. To add pagination set a property $paginated to true and set $pageCount to the amount of items on a page.

# AuthorManager.php


use Thinktomorrow\Chief\Management\Manager;
use Thinktomorrow\Chief\Management\AbstractManager;

class AuthorManager extends AbstractManager implements Manager
    protected $paginated = true;
    protected $pageCount = 10;
Last Updated: 10/2/2019, 10:12:08 AM