Sections are a Symphony project’s most fundamental building blocks, because they define the types of content that it will manage. Each section provides a model for the content entries it will contain, determining their structure by defining the fields that will comprise them.

Unlike many content management systems, Symphony doesn’t make any assumptions about what kinds of content it will be managing or what their structure will be, so creating and defining sections is a completely open-ended process.


Sections are managed in the admin interface, under Blueprints > Sections. Once a section is created and its sructure defined, content entries can be created in that section.


Sections are comprised of a name along with one or more fields of data. A section’s fields give structure to its entries and capture their content. A “Book Reviews” section, for instance, might have fields for “Title,” “Reviewer,” and “Date.”

Section Index

Section Index

The section index, located at Blueprints > Sections, consists of three columns:

Column Description
Name The section’s name. Clicking the link opens the section editor.
Entries The number of entries in the section. Clicking the link takes you to the section’s entry index.
Navigation Group The name of the navigation group to which the section belongs.

Bulk operations available: delete, delete entries.

Section Editor

Section Editor

The section editor, located at Blueprints > Sections > Create New or Blueprints > Sections > {Section Name}, consists of two parts: Essentials and Fields.

Essentials define how the section is identified and organized within the system.

Setting Description Example
Name The section’s name Projects
Navigation Group Back-end menu item within which the section will appear Portfolio
Hide this section… Checkbox allowing a section to be hidden from the back-end menu -

Fields allows fields to be added to the section. See Fields and Field Types for more details.

The Big Picture

Sections are a major organizing axis in Symphony, most notably for data sources (which fetch, filter, and sort data by section) and for events (which enable the creation and editing of a section’s entries from the frontend).

Related Concepts

Symphony • Open Source XSLT CMS

Server Requirements

  • PHP 5.3-5.6 or 7.0-7.3
  • PHP's LibXML module, with the XSLT extension enabled (--with-xsl)
  • MySQL 5.5 or above
  • An Apache or Litespeed webserver
  • Apache's mod_rewrite module or equivalent

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