Extensible FeinCMS content article for Django

This is an extensible FeinCMS content article system for Django, designed to provide a simple Article model that is extensible. The concept (and some code) is borrowed from the FeinCMS Page model.

Installation and setup

Firstly, get the package.

pip install feincms-articles

You will then need to add articles to your INSTALLED_APPS setting.

Before proceeding with manage.py syncdb, you may want to add some article extensions. By default the articles module has a basic set of content fields such as title, summary and content.


Extensions are a way to add often-used functionality the Article model. The extensions are standard python modules with a register() method which will be called upon registering the extension. The register() method receives the Article class itself and the model admin class ArticleAdmin as arguments.

The extensions can be activated by adding the following to a the bottom of a models.py file that will be processed anyway:

from articles.models import Article
Article.register_extensions('articles.modules.category.extensions.category', 'datepublisher', 'tags', 'thumbnail')

If the extension requires it's own models (like the category extension) then the app containing the models will also need to be added to your INSTALLED_APPS.


You need to create some FeinCMS content types to add to your Articles. No models are created by default, because there is no way to unregister models. A sane default might be to create ImageContent and RichTextContent models; you can do this by adding the following lines somewhere into your project, for example at the bottom of a models.py file that will be processed anyway:

from feincms.content.richtext.models import RichTextContent 
from feincms.content.image.models import ImageContent

from articles.models import Article

Article.register_regions(('top', _('Top content')), ('main', _('Main region')),)

Article.create_content_type(ImageContent, POSITION_CHOICES=(('block', _('block')), ('left', _('left')), ('right', _('right')),))

Adding extensions

To add an extension create a python module that defines a register function that accepts the Article class and the ArticleAdmin class as arguments and modifies them as required.

Here is the address extension (profiles/extensions/tags.py):

def register(cls, admin_cls):
    cls.add_to_class('tags', TaggableManager(verbose_name=_('tags'), blank=True))

    cls.urlpatterns += patterns('taggit.views',
        url(r'^tags/(?P<slug>[^/]+)/$', 'tagged_object_list', {'queryset': cls.objects.active}, name="article_tagged_list"),

    if admin_cls:
        if admin_cls.fieldsets: