SilverStripe WebPack boilerplate + Basics of JS/CSS UI

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Simple WebPack boiler plate for SilverStripe

Checkout files at /app/ folder for details Take a look to https://github.com/a2nt/webpack-bootstrap-ui-kit.git for UI Kit details

UI Demo

Use UI Repository at https://github.com/a2nt/webpack-bootstrap-ui-kit.git to build static HTML files

Demo: https://rawcdn.githack.com/a2nt/webpack-bootstrap-ui-kit/master/dist/index.html


  • composer
  • node
  • yarn
  • pnpm package manager


Note: You can use npm package manager, but this one will save your disc space. Replace pnpm commands with npm if you prefer npm


git clone https://github.com/a2nt/silverstripe-webpack.git
cd silverstripe-webpack
composer install
pnpm install
cp ./env-dist ./.env

Those steps depends on your environment:

  1. Edit .env file to define database access credentials and CMS default admin
  2. sudo chown www-data:www-data -R public/assets && mkdir silverstripe-cache && chown www-data:www-data -R silverstripe-cache (www-data is commonly used UNIX user name, but it may depend on your environment)
  3. Open your-dev-url.pro/dev/build?flush to build database
  • edit .env, robots.txt, humans.txt, cache.appcache, manifest.json and package.json to setup your own project
  • copy favicon.ico after yarn build to ./public folder

Building your custom UI

Edit following files:

  • app/client/src/js/_layout.js

  • app/client/src/js/types/Your_Custom_ClassName.js

  • app/client/src/scss/_layout.scss

  • app/client/src/scss/types/Your_Custom_ClassName.scss

To compile use: yarn build To start dev-server use: yarn start

Installing composer at some cpanel hostings

php -r "copy('https://getcomposer.org/installer', 'composer-setup.php');"
php -r "if (hash_file('SHA384', 'composer-setup.php') === '544e09ee996cdf60ece3804abc52599c22b1f40f4323403c44d44fdfdd586475ca9813a858088ffbc1f233e9b180f061') { echo 'Installer verified'; } else { echo 'Installer corrupt'; unlink('composer-setup.php'); } echo PHP_EOL;"
php composer-setup.php
php -r "unlink('composer-setup.php');"

php -d memory_limit=-1 composer.phar update --ignore-platform-reqs


  • You can use /app/_config/webpack.yml to setup webpack server parameters which will be used by webpack server and by SilverStripe to serve static content
  • You can use WebpackJS('file-name') and WebpackCSS('file-name') functions at templates to require JS and CSS. It will be served using static files or by using Webpack if the website in development mode and Webpack server is running
  • WebpackTemplateProvider::WebpackJS('file-name') and WebpackTemplateProvider::WebpackCSS('file-name') can be used at php area
  • All images will be optimised at /app/client/src/img and will be written to /app/client/dist/img (by default)
  • Favicons will be generated at /app/client/dist/icons using /app/src/favicon.png
  • Folder /app/client/src/js/types is used to create page specific JS (just create JS file there and it will be compiled)
  • Folder /app/clent/src/scss/types is used to create page specific CSS (just create SCSS file there and it will be compiled)
  • Automatic linting (JS+SCSS)
  • Bootstrap 4 included by default
  • Font-Awesome included by default
  • Deferred requirements loading
  • Requirements auto-loading
  • Includes basic silverstripe modules
  • Some necessary extensions for example editing silverstripe elements as bootstrap grid columns
  • Built-in themes support

... More features available, but I don't have much time to describe all of them ...

Folder structure:

  • /app/_config/webpack.yml (Webpack configurtion)
  • /app/src/WebpackTemplateProvider.php (WebpackJS and WebpackCSS functionality)
  • /app/src/DeferedRequirements.php (Deferred Requirements + Requirements auto-loader)
  • /app/templates/Page.ss (An example of Page.ss)
  • /app/src (Your backend sources)
  • /app/client/src (Your frontend sources)
  • /app/client/dist (Your compiled-production assets)
  • /app/client/src/js (Your JS-scripts)
  • /app/client/src/js/app.js (main application file to include website-wide components)
  • /app/client/src/js/main.js (Your custom site-wide functionality)
  • /app/client/src/js/_pageType_and_component_template.js (A template which can be used to create new modules)
  • /app/client/src/types/*.js (Extra page-specific modules to be auto-compiled. My suggestion is to use *ClassName*.js and then require it at SilverStripe custom controller area)
  • /app/clent/src/scss (Your styling to be compiled)

  • /app/clent/src/scss/app.scss (main application file to include site-wide components)

  • /app/clent/src/scss/_variables.sccs (your custom and bootstrap variables)

  • /app/clent/src/scss/_layout.sccs (Your site-wide styling)

  • /app/client/dist (Compiled frontend files js, css, images etc)


  • yarn - to update packages
  • yarn start - to start webpack development webserver
  • yarn build - to build production assets
  • yarn lint:check - to check SCSS and JS linting
  • yarn lint:fix - to fix SCSS and JS linting automatically