Python wagtail application

Python wagtail application

 In the previous article we have discuss about Structural Blocks.If you have not gone through it you see through this link Structural Blocks . In this article we will learn about wagtail application.

                 How we can Create and Manage Menus of Wagtail application

Following are the step we need to follow to create and manage menus of wagtail application:-

Step 1:- Inspect Page object in Wagtail

       We can inspect page objects of our wagtail project by entering Django shell.

# cd to root directory of your Wagtail project
$ python shell

Python 3.5.0 (default, Aug 17 2017, 10:54:23)
Type 'copyright', 'credits' or 'license' for more information
IPython 6.2.1 -- An enhanced Interactive Python. Type '?' for help.

In [1]:

Step 2:- Basic Menu Implementation

 We will try to implement a very basic top menu in our program. It would display some specific pages such as about, welcome pages.

First, we try to add code get_context of our BlogPage model,

def get_context(self, request, *args, **kwargs):
context = super(BlogPage, self).get_context(request, *args, **kwargs)
context['posts'] = self.posts
context['blog_page'] = self

context['menuitems'] = self.get_children().filter(
live=True, show_in_menus=True)

return context

Next, we try to print the menu out in our template. So the template should look like this.

<ul class="nav navbar-nav">
{% for menu in menuitems %}
<a href="{{menu.url}}">{{menu.title}}</a>
{% endfor %}

Step 3:- Change page order in Wagtail menu

Wagtail has built-in support for page order, so if you want to change the link order in the menu, just change the page order in Wagtail admin.

Step 4 :- Install wagtail menus

Now we like  to build menu in your Wagtail project.

  • Install wagtail menus
pip install wagtailmenus

  • Add settings below to the INSTALLED_APPS of your project settings.

'wagtail.contrib.modeladmin', # Don't repeat if it's there already

  •    Add wagtailmenus.context_processors.wagtailmenus to the context_processors in your TEMPLATES. So your template settings would look like this.

'context_processors': [


  • After all config done, run python migrate wagtailmenus to config the database

Step 5:-Render menu using wagtailmenus

We will start to use wagtailmenus to help us build a top menu. It would contain links of the blog post, and some external link

After we config the menu, now we start to modify our template to render the data of the menu.

{% load menu_tags %}

<nav class="navbar navbar-inverse navbar-fixed-top" role="navigation">
<div class="container">
<!-- Brand and toggle get grouped for better mobile display -->
<div class="navbar-header">
<button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target="#bs-example-navbar-collapse-1">
<span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
<span class="icon-bar"></span>
<span class="icon-bar"></span>
<span class="icon-bar"></span>
<a class="navbar-brand" href="{{ blog_page.url }}">{{ blog_page.title }}</a>

{% main_menu template="menus/bootstrap3/main_menu_dropdown.html" %}

<!-- /.navbar-collapse -->
<!-- /.container -->


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