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Areablock Editable


The areablock is the content construction kit for documents offered by pimcore.

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Integrate an Areablock in a Template

Similar to the other document editables, an areablock can be integrated in any document view template as follows:

<?= $this->areablock('myAreablock'); ?>

Advanced usage with allowed areas, below:

<?= $this->areablock("myAreablock", [
    "allowed" => ["iframe","googletagcloud","spacer","rssreader"],
    "group" => [
        "First Group" => ["iframe", "spacer"],
        "Second Group" => ["rssreader"]
    "areablock_toolbar" => [
        "title" => "",
        "width" => 230,
        "x" => 20,
        "y" => 50,
        "xAlign" => "right",
        "buttonWidth" => 218,
        "buttonMaxCharacters" => 35
    "params" => [
        "iframe" => [ // some additional parameters / configuration for the brick type "iframe"
            "parameter1" => "value1",
            "parameter2" => "value2"
        "googletagcloud" => [ // additional parameter for the brick type "googletagcloud"
            "param1" => "value1"
Accessing Parameters from the Brick File
//use the value of parameter named "param1" for this brick
echo $this->param1;
Sorting Items in the Toolbar
echo  $this->areablock("content", [
    'allowed' => ['image', 'video', 'wysiwyg'],
    'sorting' => ['wysiwyg', 'image', 'video']

And you can see the effect, below:

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Name Type Description
allowed array An array of area-ID's which are allowed for this tag. The order of items in the array is also used as the default sorting, but of course you can combine this configuration with sorting
sorting array An array of area-ID's in the order you want to display them in the toolbar.
params array Optional parameter, this can also contain additional brick-specific configurations, see brick-specific configuration
group array Array with group configuration (see example above).
manual bool Forces the manual mode, which enables a complete free implementation for areablocks, for example using real <table> elements... example see below
reload bool Set to true, to force a reload in editmode after reordering items (default: false)
toolbar bool Set to false to not display the extra toolbar for areablocks (default: true)
dontCheckEnabled bool Set to true to display all installed area bricks, regardless if they are enabled in the extension manager
limit int Limit the amount of elements
areablock_toolbar array Array with option that allows you to change the position of the toolbar.
areaDir string Absolute path (from document-root) to an area directory, only areas out of this path will be shown eg. /website/views/customAreas/
class string A CSS class that is added to the surrounding container of this element in editmode

Brick-specific Configuration

Brick-specific configurations are passed using the params configuration (see above).

Name Type Description
forceEditInView bool If a brick contains an edit.php there's no editmode for the view.php file, if you want to have the editmode enabled in both templates, enable this option
editWidth int Width of editing popup (if dedicated edit.php is used).
editHeight int Height of editing popup (if dedicated edit.php is used).
<?= $this->areablock("myArea", [
    "params" => [
        "my_brick" => [
            "forceEditInView" => true,
            "editWidth" => "800",
            "editHeight" => "500"
]); ?>


Name Return Description
getCount() int Total count of blocks
getCurrent() int Current number of block (useful with area bricks)
getCurrentIndex() int Get the current index (index is different from position, as you can move block around)
getElement() array Get an element out of an areabrick
renderIndex() - Renders only one specific block within the areablock

How to Create Bricks for the Areablock

You can read about bricks in the Bricks section.

Using Manual Mode

The manual mode offers you the possibility to use areablocks with custom HTML, this is for example useful when using tables:

<?php $areaBlock = $this->areablock("myArea", ["manual" => true])->start(); ?>
    <?php while ($areaBlock->loop()) { ?>
        <?php $areaBlock->blockConstruct(); ?>
                    <?php $areaBlock->blockStart(); ?>
                    <?php $areaBlock->content(); ?>
                    <?php $areaBlock->blockEnd(); ?>
        <?php $areaBlock->blockDestruct(); ?>
    <?php } ?>
<?php $areaBlock->end(); ?>