Dashboard widgets

The Back Office dashboard is the place to show to the user information concerning him. It’s like a blackoard on which are pinned post-it. Each post-it is a widget. Open Orchestra comes with four widgets:

  • My 10 latest published nodes
  • My 10 latest nodes
  • My 10 latest published contents
  • My 10 latest contents

As a developer, you can customize your application dashboard by choosing widgets and/or create new ones. Here is how to do.

Configuring the dashboard

To choose the widgets to display in the dashboard, add a key open_orchestra_backoffice.dashboard_widgets to your app configuration. Then set the list of widgets you want to use. Here is an exemple in yaml format showing the 4 standard widgets:

        - last_nodes
        - draft_nodes
        - last_contents
        - draft_contents

Creating a widget

To build a new widget, you only have to create its Backbone view and register it in Open Orchestra.

Creating a backbone view

As the Back Office is build with BackboneJs, all widgets are Backbone views added to the main view from scratch or extend one of the pseudo-abstract layers used by the standard Open Orchestra widgets. To get some examples, you can take a look at the files located in BackOfficeBundle/Ressources/public/coffee/dashboard/widget

Your widget html can be anything, but we suggest you to use the jarvis widget template to have a visual uniformity in the dashboard. This template can be found in BackOfficeBundle/Ressources/views/BackOffice/Underscore/dashboard/widget/abstract/abstractWidgetListView._tpl.twig

Declaring the view

To make your newly created widget available in Open Orchestra, you need to add it to the appConfigurationView. This object is used in the Back Office to list all backbone views and access them when required. To add your view to the configurator, use something like this:

jQuery(function() {
  return appConfigurationView.setConfiguration(

where my_widget_name is the widget key to use in the configuration and my_widget_backbone_view is the Backbone view you have just created. That done, your widget is ready to be added to your app configuration.