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A Django app to extend django-lab-members with django CMS-specific features

Project description

djangocms-lab-members is a Django app to extend django-lab-members with django CMS-specific features.

Source code is available on GitHub at mfcovington/djangocms-lab-members. Information about and source code for django-lab-members is available on GitHub at mfcovington/django-lab-members.



pip install djangocms-lab-members

GitHub (development branch)

pip install git+


  • Ignore instructions for django-lab-members, the non-django CMS app that this app extends.

  • Install django CMS and start a project, if one doesn’t already exist.

  • Unless you use this app as part of djangocms-lab-site or plan to style the app from scratch, you will want to choose the Use Twitter Bootstrap Theme option (when running djangocms) and then edit the resulting templates/base.html.

    • This will add style that looks like Bootstrap 2. To use Bootstrap 3 styling, remove the following line for the bootstrap-theme.min.css stylesheet from templates/base.html:

      <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
    • The default menu settings for django CMS using Bootstrap will allow the user to access specific lab members via a dropdown menu, but will not give easy access to the summary page of all lab member. To fix this do one of the following:

      • In templates/base.html, change {% show_menu 0 1 100 100 "menu.html" %} to {% show_menu 0 0 100 100 "menu.html" %}, or

      • Use a split button dropdowns by changing that line to {% show_menu 0 100 1 1 ‘_menu.html’ %} and populate _menu.html as done in djangocms-lab-site.

  • Edit the project’s file.

    • Add cms_lab_members and its dependencies to your INSTALLED_APPS setting:

          # ...
    • Add easy_thumbnail settings:

      # For easy_thumbnails to support retina displays (recent MacBooks, iOS)
      THUMBNAIL_SUBDIR = 'versions'
    • Pre-populate placeholder content for research/personal interests and sidebar:

      # Pre-populate placeholder content
          # ...
          'research interests': {
              'default_plugins': [
                      'plugin_type': 'TextPlugin',
                      'values': {
                          'body':"<p><em>[Enter 'Edit Mode' and double-click here to add your research interests.]</em></p>",
          'personal interests': {
              'default_plugins': [
                      'plugin_type': 'TextPlugin',
                      'values': {
                          'body':"<p><em>[Enter 'Edit Mode' and double-click here to add your personal interests.]</em></p>",
          'scientist sidebar': {
              'default_plugins': [
                      'plugin_type': 'TextPlugin',
                      'values': {
                          'body':"<p><em>[Enter 'Edit Mode' and double-click here to add sidebar content.]</em></p>",


Create and perform migrations for cms_lab_members and its dependencies:

python makemigrations cms_lab_members
python makemigrations lab_members
python makemigrations cms_lab_publications
python migrate


  • Start the development server:

python runserver
  • Visit:

  • Create a CMS page.

  • Attach the Lab Members App under Advanced Settings for the page.

Version 0.2.0

Revision History

0.2.0 2015-11-10

  • Add alumni fieldset to admin

    • This bumps djangocms-lab-members requirement to version 0.3.0

  • Add instructions to double-click placeholders when editing

  • Update README with more complete and accurate instructions

  • Prepare for distribution via PyPI

0.1.5 2015-05-08

  • Add Lab Alumni node to dropdown menu

  • Update README to pre-populate placeholder content via settings

  • Minor behind-the-scenes improvements

0.1.4 2015-05-01

  • Limit dropdown menu to current lab members

0.1.3 2015-04-21

  • Subclass PlaceholderAdminMixin from CMSScientistAdmin to provide admin support

0.1.2 2015-04-19

  • Group CMS plugin under Lab Plugins module

0.1.1 2015-04-13

  • Customize Scientist plugin style

0.1.0 2015-04-10

  • A Django app to extend django-lab-members with django CMS-specific features

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