I want to insert widgets in arbitrary positions in one of my rich text fields. A good example would be a contact form inserted in the middle of the content. These widgets would be ad units, forms and similar dynamically rendered templates.

I know about the widget plugin for Redactor, but this is only suitable for static HTML. I need something a bit closer to an {% include %} tag.

How would you approach this problem?

I considered using WordPress-like [insert-widget-here] tags, or perhaps iFrames, but I'd prefer a more elegant solution.


Have you considered using the Matrix field type? You could create a block for rich text, then a block for a contact form (or whatever widget).

You could probably achieve what you're asking with a plugin but in my experience doing things like this in Redacter are prone to weirdness/bugginess (especially when in the hands of a client).

  • I would rather avoid that approach, as the content is logically a single unit: an article. At the moment, I use page breaks, which works fine for site-wide widgets (like ad units), but not so well for entry-specific widgets (like sponsors).
    – nicbou
    Aug 22 '19 at 12:39
  • Perhaps I miss-understand but there needn't be any difference in the way it displays on the front end ie. the content can still look like: <article> <p>You rich text output</p> <form>Your form</form> <p>More rich text</p> </article>
    – dmatthams
    Aug 22 '19 at 12:47
  • Cutting the content in pieces with a Matrix field seems like the wrong approach. The content (e.g. an article) is a single unit and should be a single unit in the database. The widget is more akin to a bit of template: it contains server-side logic like a CSRF tag. It's not a static element.
    – nicbou
    Aug 22 '19 at 14:25
  • In that case, it's a case of extending redactor.
    – dmatthams
    Aug 22 '19 at 14:44
  • @NicolasBouliane Cutting the article up into matrix blocks is an excellent way to approach this problem. A matrix field is still a single field, I don’t understand what the hang up is.
    – Lindsey D
    Aug 22 '19 at 16:09

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