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With the Page FieldType, editors define a layout with multiple zones within a single front page.

Within each zone, editors create blocks that contain particular content categories. Specific content can be added to these blocks, they are called block items.

This is particularly useful for managing homepages/landing pages.

The Page FieldType is currently read-only with the Public API.
It's however still possible to edit content with it through the admin interface (which runs through the legacy stack). 

NameInternal nameExpected inputOutput


Defining a zone layout


You still need to define your available layouts in the legacy part to get them available in the admin interface. Please refer to eZ Publish legacy documentation to learn how to do so.

A layout is a combination of zones that are placed on a page. The placement of the zones is defined in a template that is specified as part of the layout configuration. You can define as many layouts as you need.

You can define a new layout in your main YAML configuration:


Then, when rendering a Page FieldType using myLayoutIdentifier, page/zonelayouts/my_template.html.twig from AcmeDemoBundle will be used.



You can specify a legacy template in your layout definition.

However, doing so will defer block display to the legacy templates as well.

Block template selection

Template selection rules are applied only when you render a block with the PageController (using ez_page:viewBlock from templates), see below.


Like you are able to define template selection rules when displaying Location and Content objects, you can also define rules for blocks, with dedicated matchers.

Configuration is a hash built in the following way:


Matchers for block_view follow the same behavior than matchers for regular location_view / content_view, except that their relative namespace will be eZ\Publish\Core\MVC\Symfony\View\BlockViewProvider\Configured\Matcher .

Hence you can combine matchers with AND and OR capabilities (see main matchers' documentation page).

Available matchers


Matches the unique block identifier defined in the legacy block.ini file (see legacy documentation).

For example with the following configuration in legacy block.ini, it will match against Manual3Items:


Matches the view’s unique identifier defined in the block definition in the legacy block.ini (see legacy documentation).

For example with the following configuration in legacy block.ini, it will match against 3_items1:

When no view is defined, the default value is default.

Id\BlockMatches against the block ID, as stored in ezm_block table
Id\ZoneMatches against the zone ID a block belongs to, as stored in ezm_block table


Displaying the Page content

Layout template

Goal of a layout template is to display zones for the given layout, depending on your layout configuration.

Variables passed to the layout template

Variable nameDescriptionType
zonesZone objects for this Page fieldArray of eZ\Publish\Core\FieldType\Page\Parts\Zone objects
zone_layoutThe layout identifier (e.g. "2ZonesLayout1")string

The PageService object (read more below). 


Rendering blocks



You can use a custom controller to display a block





The PageService object

The PageService object (eZ\Bundle\EzPublishCoreBundle\FieldType\Page\PageService) is a helper giving the possibility to get current zone/block definitions and to retrieve block items.

Main methods

Method nameDescriptionReturn type
getZoneDefinition()Returns zone definition (all defined zones for the current siteaccess) as an arrayarray
getZoneDefinitionByLayout()Returns a zone definition for a given layout. It consists of a configuration array for the given layout.array
getBlockDefinition()Returns block definition as an arrayarray
getBlockDefinitionByIdentifier()Returns a block definition for a given block identifier.array
getValidBlockItems()Returns valid items (that are to be displayed), for a given block.eZ\Publish\Core\FieldType\Page\Parts\Item[]
getLastValidBlockItem()Returns the last valid item, for a given block.eZ\Publish\Core\FieldType\Page\Parts\Item|null
getWaitingBlockItems()Returns queued items (the next to be displayed), for a given block.eZ\Publish\Core\FieldType\Page\Parts\Item[]
getArchivedBlockItems()Returns archived items (that were previously displayed), for a given block.eZ\Publish\Core\FieldType\Page\Parts\Item[]
getValidBlockItemsAsContentInfo()Returns valid block items as content objectseZ\Publish\API\Repository\Values\Content\ContentInfo[]



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