Backend Template

Each DCE has not only a template for the frontend output, but also for the backend output. Without a backend template you will not be able to see differences in your content elements, in the page or list view.

DCE provides two ways to set up the backend template:

  • Simple Backend View and

  • Manual Backend Fluid template

Simple Backend View

The Simple Backend View allows you to define fields you want to display, just by clicking it.

Simple Backend View for DCEs

This example looks like this in backend:

DCE Container when Simple Backend View is enabled

Expression for header field

Since DCE 2.7 you can enable a checkbox, which reveals an input field. There you can use Symfony Expressions to output more than one field in content element's header.


The header is also used as label (in list view and select dropdowns).

Enabled Symfony expression for simple backend view header field

This header expression will - for example - generate the following header: Teaser: My second teaser


On this page, you see how Symfony expressions in DCE work: DCE Expression Utility

PageTS configuration

You can make some adjustments here, using PageTS:

tx_dce.defaults {
    simpleBackendView {
        titleCropLength = 10
        titleCropAppendix = ...

        imageWidth = 50c
        imageHeight = 50c

        containerGroupColors {
            10 = #0079BF
            # ...

Manual Backend Fluid Template

When you disable the Simple Backend View, you can enter (or reference to a file) a template using the "BackendTemplate" Fluid layout, which has two sections: header and bodytext

<f:layout name="BackendTemplate" />

<f:section name="header">
<f:section name="bodytext">
    Your backend template goes here...


Currently, it is not possible to access to DCE container info in manual backend template.