Getting started

  1. Add the sitetree application to INSTALLED_APPS in your settings file (usually ‘’).
  2. Check that django.core.context_processors.request is added to TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS in your settings file. For Django 1.8+: django.template.context_processors.request should be defined in TEMPLATES/OPTIONS/context_processors.
  3. Check that django.contrib.auth.context_processors.auth is enabled in TEMPLATE_CONTEXT_PROCESSORS too.
  4. Run ./ migrate to install sitetree tables into database.
  5. Go to Django Admin site and add some trees and tree items (see Making tree section).
  6. Add {% load sitetree %} tag to the top of a template.
Now you can use the following template tags:

Making a tree

Taken from StackOverflow.

In this tutorial we create a sitetree that could handle URI like /categoryname/entryname.

To create a tree:

  1. Go to site administration panel;

  2. Click +Add near ‘Site Trees’;

  3. Enter alias for your sitetree, e.g. ‘maintree’. You’ll address your tree by this alias in template tags;

  4. Push ‘Add Site Tree Item’;

  5. Create the first item:

    Parent - As it is root item that would have no parent.
    Title - Let it be 'My site'.
    URL - This URL is static, so put here '/'.
  6. Create a second item (that one would handle ‘categoryname’ from your ‘categoryname/entryname’):

    Parent - Choose 'My site' item from step 5.
    Title - Put here 'Category #{{ }}'.
    URL - Put named URL 'category-detailed'.
    In 'Additional settings': check 'URL as Pattern' checkbox.
  7. Create a third item (that one would handle ‘entryname’ from your ‘categoryname/entryname’):

    Parent - Choose 'Category #{{ }}' item from step 6.
    Title - Put here 'Entry #{{ }}'.
    URL - Put named URL 'entry-detailed'.
    In 'Additional settings': check 'URL as Pattern' checkbox.
  8. Put ‘{% load sitetree %}’ into your template to have access to sitetree tags.

  9. Put ‘{% sitetree_menu from “maintree” include “trunk” %}’ into your template to render menu from tree trunk.

  10. Put ‘{% sitetree_breadcrumbs from “maintree” %}’ into your template to render breadcrumbs.

Steps 6 and 7 clarifications:

  • In titles we use Django template variables, which would be resolved just like they do in your templates.

    E.g.: You made your view for ‘categoryname’ (let’s call it ‘detailed_category’) to pass category object into template as ‘category’ variable. Suppose that category object has ‘id’ property. In your template you use ‘{{ }}’ to render id. And we do just the same for site tree item in step 6.

  • In URLs we use Django’s named URL patterns (documentation). That is almost idential to usage of Django ‘url’ tag in templates.

    Your urls configuration for steps 6, 7 supposed to include:

    url(r'^(?P<category_name>\S+)/(?P<entry_name>\S+)/$', 'detailed_entry', name='entry-detailed'),
    url(r'^(?P<category_name>\S+)/$', 'detailed_category', name='category-detailed'),

    Consider ‘name’ argument values of ‘url’ function.

    So, putting ‘entry-detailed’ in step 7 into URL field we tell sitetree to associate that sitetree item with URL named ‘entry-detailed’, passing to it category_name and entry_name parameters.