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Allows assigning portlets on per view basis.

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This package extends the default Plone portlets framework to allow for the assignment of portlets on a per-view basis.


Sometimes it may really be useful to have a different portlet assigned to standalone views which are not necessary coupled to any content objects. You may think that in this case it is possible to create a new content object and apply that view to it and then finally assign the required portlets to that object. However, in Plone you may end up creating new content objects for every standalone zope3 view - which is not correct from a content management point of view.

In one of our projects we had a lot of standalone views where it was a requirement to have different portlets assigned to a standalone view (e.g. having a separate set of portlets on user profile views, sitemap view, z3c.form form views, homepage view, etc.)

To facilitate the adding of portlets there we developed this package called collective.viewportletmanager. It is aimed at usage by Plone integrators and is not working out of the box. To be able to assign portlets to your zope3 view you have to follow some simple rules.

More on this below in How to use section.


This add-on was tested on Plone 3.3.5 and Plone 4.1


  • to add the package to your Zope instance, please, follow the instructions found inside the docs/INSTALL.txt file

  • then restart your Zope instance

  • and install the View Portlet Manager package from within the ``portal_quickinstaller tool

How to use

This packages allows you to assign Plone 3 portlets to your custom zope3 views. To be able to do this we require from you the only one extra step: mark your view with IPortletsAwareView interface:

from zope.interface import implements
from Products.Five.browser import BrowserView
from collective.viewportletmanager.interfaces import IPortletsAwareView

class MyZope3View(BrowserView):

    # your zope3 view code goes here

After you declare that your zope3 view implements IPortletsAwareView interface, restart your zope instance and render your view. From now on you’ll see there Manage view portlets link. This link will get you to portlets management screen which is exactly the same as default Manage portlets view. The only difference is that Manage view portlets view will allow you to manage portlets for your IPortletsAwareView marked view.

The portlets you add on that view will be available only while visiting your custom zope3 view.

One more important note here is that portlets are not assigned based on view alone, but are based on context object as well. So we may say that view-based portlets are actually view-context based portlets.

View portlets will go right after context based portlets like other site-wide portlets.

You’ll also be able to block view based portlets via the standard Manage portlets screen.

Design Notes

The main thing is that view portlets are saved into Plone site root annotations like any other site-wide portlet categories but at the same time view category mappings hold context object UIDs so actually view category doesn’t look like site-wide but context based portlets category.

View portlets category uses the next assignments key format:


So, for object with uid equal “123” and it’s view called “my-view” we’ll get portlet assignments saved under “123:my-view” key in “view” category inside global site portlet manager annotations.

For site root, which doesn’t provide “UID” attribute we use string placeholder “nouid”. E.g. portlet assignments for “sitemap” view will be saved under “nouid:sitemap” key.

This package overrides a bunch of standard Plone portlets framework components in order to add view portlets category to list of standard portlet categories: context, user, group and content type.

Here we’ll try to describe what exactly was overridden:

PortletContext both for site root and site content in order to add view category to standard categories list. This context also takes care of generating view key based on object “UID” and view name. To get view name portlet context retrieves view as an argument to it’s globalPortletCategories method, which actually breaks default Plone portlets framework designed API. To pass view object around we also had to override portlet manager renderer and portlet retrievers.

PortletManagerRenderer: to pass view object down to portlet retriever class.

PortletRetriever: to pass view object down to PortletContext which in turn will use it to generate view category key.

ContextualEditPortletManagerRenderer view to provide view category blacklist status to be used on standard Manage portlets screen.

EditPortletManagerRenderer to disable inherited portlets on Manage view portlets screen. This doesn’t make much sense for view category portlets.

ManageContextualPortlets to provide set blacklist status method which will also take care of view category blacklist status.

ManageViewPortlets: our own Manage view portlets view

ManageViewPortletsLinkViewlet: our own viewlet that renders Manage view portlets link pointing to appropriate portlets management screen for current content object and zope3 view. Link appears only on IPortletsAwareView enabled zope3 views.

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1.0 (August 23, 2011)

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