Pages CMS

Custom fields

Fields are at the center of everything in Pages CMS; they how we edit and display the content.

Pages CMS comes with a few built-in fields, but you can also add your own custom fields.

The fields folder

All fields are saved in the src/fields folder:

├─ fields/
│  ├─ core/
│  │  ├─ boolean/
│  │  ├─ code/
│  │  ├─ date/
│  │  ├─ image/
│  │  ├─ number/
│  │  ├─ ...
│  ├─ custom/
│  │  ├─
│  ├─ fieldRegistry.js

Let's look at what is sitting at the root of src/fields:

  • core/ is where all the built-in fields are saved (e.g. boolean, code, date). The names of the fields subfolders match the types used in the configuration file (e.g. type: boolean).

  • custom/ (empty by default) is used to host the subfolders for custom fields.

  • fieldRegistry.js is a helper function to register all the files declared in the various fields, core and custom, and make it available via a registry to Pages CMS (used in the collection and editor).

An individual field folder

Let's have a look at the src/fields/core/boolean folder, which defines boolean fields:

├─ fields/
│  ├─ core/
│  │  ├─ boolean/
│  │  │  ├─ Edit.vue
│  │  │  ├─ index.js
│  │  │  ├─ sort.js
│  │  │  ├─ View.vue

Edit component

Edit.vue is the Vue component used in the editor (for both creating or editing content). It is called by src/components/file/Editor.vue via the src/components/files/Field.vue component.

In the case of the boolean field, it is a simple toggle switch:

    <label class="relative inline-flex items-center cursor-pointer">
        class="sr-only peer"
        @change="$emit('update:modelValue', $"
      <div class="w-11 h-6 bg-neutral-200 dark:bg-neutral-700 peer-focus:outline-none rounded-full peer peer-checked:after:translate-x-full peer-checked:after:border-white dark:peer-checked:after:border-neutral-950 after:content-[''] after:absolute after:top-[2px] after:left-[2px] after:bg-white dark:after:bg-neutral-950 after:border-neutral-100 dark:after:border-neutral-800 after:border after:rounded-full after:h-5 after:w-5 after:transition-all peer-checked:bg-neutral-950 dark:peer-checked:bg-white transition-all"></div>

<script setup>
const props = defineProps({
  field: Object,
  modelValue: Boolean

The only requirement is that you must have exactly 2 props:

  • field: the field schema (e.g. { name: "published", label: "Published", type: "boolean" }). This may include field options (field.options) if any are defined in the configuration file.

  • value: the value of the field (e.g. true).

Make sure to emit the updated modelValue with update:modelValue if needed.

View component

View.vue is the Vue component used to display the field value in collections. It is called by src/components/Collection.vue.

For boolean fields, we displayed colored chips with the labels "True" or "False" depending on whether the value is truthy or falsy (which includes undefined and null):

  <div class="!inline" :class="props.value ? 'chip-primary' : 'chip-secondary'">{{ props.value ? 'True' : 'False' }}</div>

<script setup>
const props = defineProps({
  field: Object,
  value: [String, Number, Boolean, Array, Object],

The only requirement is that you must have exactly 2 props:

  • field: the field schema (e.g. { name: "published", label: "Published", type: "boolean" }). This may include field options (field.options) if any are defined in the configuration file.

  • value: the value of the field (e.g. true).

Sort function

sort.js should returns a single function that helps us sorting values in a collection.

For boolean fields, we have to account for a few edge cases (value is undefined, null, not a boolean...):

const sort = (a, b, fieldSchema = null) => {
  // Convert booleans to integers to help with comparison with null/undefined
  const valA = a ? 2 : 1;
  const valB = b ? 2 : 1;
  let comparison = 0;
  if (valA < valB) {
    comparison = -1;
  } else if (valA > valB) {
    comparison = 1;
  return comparison;

export default sort;

Field registration

index.js helps us add the files to the fields registry. It is required for your field to work.

For the boolean field, this means returning the Edit component as EditComponent, the View component as ViewComponent and the sort function as sortFunction:

import EditComponent from './Edit.vue';
import ViewComponent from './View.vue';
import sortFunction from './sort.js';

export default {

EditComponent is required (along with the index.js file), everything else is optional.

In some cases (e.g. the image field), we may also return supportsList: true to let Pages CMS know that the field will handle the case of list: true itself in the Edit component. This allows us to have a more elaborate strategy for certain cases.

Creating your own field

  1. Add the field subfolder: assuming you want your field's type to be my-field (e.g. type: my-field in the configuration file), you would create a src/fields/custom/my-field/ folder.

  2. Add the Edit component and register the field: the index.js file and the Edit component are the only mandatory pieces. You can name your Edit component whatever you like (as long as register it as EditComponent in the index.js file), but the convention would be to use Edit.vue.

  3. (Optional) Add the View component and sort function: again, you can name them whatever you want but you'll need to register them in index.js as ViewCompoent and sortFunction. If you do not provide either of these, your value will be treated as a string in collections:

    1. The value will be displayed plain text (e.g. a boolean would display true or false as a string).

    2. Sorting will be done as a string (e.g. true would come after false).