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Getting along with the Article Manager
updated by rck, 2004-12-13

If you think about a content management system, you usually want to have a collection of text documents within it. A collection of your content. That's what I use Article Manager for in phpWebSite.

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What it does

Article Manager does, what Announcements and Page Master do as well. It gives you a place where you can put text. This text can then be viewed and commented by your sites visitors.

Announcements are limited to a summary and a more descriptive text. Throw in a single picture and you have what some people love to use for blogging. Page Master does all that Announcements does. But it supports more paragraphs, still it's limited to a single page.

That's where Article Manager comes in. It supports multiple paged articles, like some well known online-zines do. It also has support for blogging and can show a picture together with a caption for every paragraph. Throw in a lot of other features and you have what I think is the most useful module for phpWebSite.

Feature summary

Frontpage Articles
You can define one article that is shown right on the front page. Below it you can see the newest articles on your site ready to be clicked on
Archive URLs
Interesting for all the bloggers out there. Article Manager supports so called archive urls. They are URLs that point to all articles of a certain day, certain month or certain year.
Printing and Emailing articles
Article Manager ships with Icons that allow you to print or mail the current article right away.
Popular Articles
If you want to, you can show the most popular articles in a box of your startpage.


After you have downloaded the most current Article Manager from Elois Homepage, you can install it the way you are used to. Put it in the mod-directory of your phpWebSite installation, Fire up Boost and that's it. Boost will inform you, wether you were successful or not. You should be able to see the Article Manager icon in Control Panel - Site Content.

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  • Problems installing the article manager...

    Posted on 2004-12-20 08:53:31 By Stripeman[1]

    Can you please tell me why this is happening after I install it ? Thanks much

    Fatal error: Cannot re-assign $this in c:\wamp\www\phpwebsite\mod\article\class\Article.php on line 723

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    • Re: Problems installing the article manager...

      Posted on 2004-12-20 13:37:25 By rck[110]

      Which version of Article Manager are you using? Can you post the line with the error, as well as five lines before and five lines after so I can have a closer look?

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    • Re: Problems installing the article manager...

      Posted on 2005-04-10 21:10:52 By rck[110]

      cannot reassign $this usually happens, if you use phpWebSite with php/5. php/4 should do the trick.

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      • Re: Problems installing the article manager...

        Posted on 2006-05-30 02:25:28 By Anonymous

        I have a similar problem, but my php version (php4/php5) hasn't altered (as far as I know). What if I that is the problem and I cannot revert to php4 as suggested?). I digress...

        My site has moved to a new server; thus, my root folder has a different name such as:


        to this:


        My website spits out:
        "FATAL ERROR! Required file Core.php not found."

        but my server php error log indicates:
        "PHP Fatal error: Cannot re-assign $this in"/home/sites/841/[webaddress]/[phpwebsite]/mod/article/class/Article.php on line 723"

        Line 723 only says:
        "$this = new PHPWS_Article($id);"

        What am I supposed to do with this information??

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      • Cannot re-assign $this

        Posted on 2006-05-30 02:33:18 By Anonymous

        changed On 2006-12-04 18:35:57 Edited By rck (reason: )

        I found this while searching the same subject:

        Fatal error: Cannot re-assign $this in /srv/www/htdocs/phpweb/mod/article/class/Article.php on line 723

        Goto line 723 & 724 and change $this to $article.
        function fatCatview ($id)
        $article = new PHPWS_Article($id);
        return $article->view(false, true);
        ----------------------------------------- wiki/index.php%3Ftitle%3DTalk:Article+ %22Cannot+re-assign%22+%24this+phpwebsite& hl=en&gl=ca&ct=clnk&cd=2

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        • Re: Cannot re-assign $this

          Posted on 2006-09-24 19:08:46 By Anonymous

          I cannot quantify the gratitude that would like to express for clarifying the "cannot reassign $this" problem in the article manager. After 3 sleepless nights and going practically mad trying to "try-out" other content management systems (because the article manager in my phpwebsite would not work and I need to publish articles for my website) I am now having severe acid reflux with all the stress. Thank you!, you saved me from further mental torture. I can now start using my favorite phpwebsite again!

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          • Re: Cannot re-assign $this

            Posted on 2006-12-19 04:37:37 By Anonymous

            I agree, this was a great post. I had exactly the same problem, fixed in a second with this post.

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        • Re: Cannot re-assign $this

          Posted on 2007-02-13 23:16:47 By Anonymous

          Thanks!. I did a google and found your solution. Great work!


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  • article manager doesn't work

    Posted on 2005-11-21 20:24:10 By Anonymous

    I downloaded and installed article manager module 3.0 but every time i click on anything (and i mean anything) i get blank page. For example: if i click on Article manager module i get blank page. Demo and Intruduction Page ended up somehow on my front home page. Every time i click any of the article manager links i get blank page. I tried deleting demo article (delete button) and i still get blank page. I still see my logo on the top but the actual page is blank. It said that it installed successfuly.
    Does anyone knows what the problem is?
    I am running phpws 0.10.
    I cannot figure it out.

    Any help is appreciated.

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  • Article Manager

    Posted on 2007-02-02 15:54:34 By Anonymous

    I had Article Manager up and working fine... but I uninstalled it and then reinstalled it... why? Well that
    is a long story.
    My problem is that now it doesn't work. I make an article and it never apears in the article managers article list.
    Any Ideas?


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    • Re: Article Manager

      Posted on 2007-03-21 22:43:42 By chf[1]

      changed On 2007-03-21 23:06:28 Edited By chf (reason: )

      I didn't reinstall article manager but had in fact the same problem when finally wanting to use the mod.
      After creating an article, it just didn't appear in the article list.
      I know I had made some configuration changes but didn't realize that was the actual cause.
      I just found the solution to my problem here.
      Hope it helps.


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  • article manager?

    Posted on 2007-07-12 12:02:27 By indeman[1]

    I am evaluating PHPwebsite for our site. Does the recent version of PHPWS (1.2 have the article manager inbuilt? I am not able to find an updated article manager for the new version. Or will the old one work?

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