Adding custom buttons with your theme in an SMF forum

I recently wanted to update a theme I was developing for an SMF forum so it could add the “unread messages” and “replies to my posts” links as a menu items on the main menu.

Since the menu is placed on every page all this takes place in the main index.template.php for your theme.

With the integration hooks introduced in SMF v2.0 it becomes a very easy process. First during the theme initialisation (function template_init) when need to add a temporary (ie it only lasts for the display of the page) integration hook for the menu buttons

add_integration_function(‘integrate_menu_buttons’, ‘mytheme_button_add’,FALSE);

Then we just add a function at the end of the template page

function mytheme_button_add(&$buttons) {
global $context,$txt,$scripturl;

//only do this if user is logged in
if ($context[‘user’][‘is_logged’])
//this is our new entry
$newbuttons = array(‘unread’ => array(
‘title’ => $txt[‘view_unread_category’],
‘href’ => $scripturl . ‘?action=unread’,
‘show’ => true,
‘sub_buttons’ => array()
‘replies’ => array(
‘title’ => $txt[‘replies’],
‘href’ => $scripturl, ‘?action=unreadreplies’,
‘show’ => true,
‘sub_buttons’ => array()
//now insert just after home.
$buttons = array_slice($buttons,0,1,true) + $newbuttons + array_slice($buttons,1,count($buttons)-1,true);

Note how we slice the button array into two halves (in this case 1 before the break and count -1 after, but you could put them at any position), and insert the new buttons in between.

Managing SMF software in GIT

Yesterday, I upgraded three sites running SMF (Simple Machines Forum) software to v2.0RC5, upgrading them from v2.0RC4.  Some of these sites are more than just a simple implementation of the base software.  All of them have some modifications added, one (Melinda’s Backups forum) has a considerable degree of modification, and unlike WordPress, where plugins are pretty much stand alone, relying on well defined hooks in the software to get into the path, modifications in SMF tend to be intrusive.  Despite all the modifications, I upgraded all the sites over just a few hours.

I believe that is because of the approach I have taken to managing the configurations in Git.  In this post I want to explain how I do it.

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