SilverStripe 'kitchen sink' recipe for full CMS features

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Base SilverStripe website install that contains all the modules we commonly use.

Creating a new project

Recipes can be introduced to any existing project (even if not created on a silverstripe base project)

$ composer init
$ composer require i-lateral/ss4-recipe

Alternatively you can create a new project based on an existing recipe

$ composer create-project i-lateral/ss4-recipe ./myssproject ^1.0@dev

Inlining recipes

You can "inline" either a previously installed recipe, or a new one that you would like to include dependencies for in your main project. By inlining a recipe, you promote its requirements, as well as its project files, up into your main project, and remove the recipe itself from your dependencies.

This can be done with either update-recipe, which will update a recipe, or require-recipe which will install a new recipe.

Note that if you wish to run this command you must first install either a recipe via normal composer commands, or install the recipe plugin:

$ composer init
$ composer require i-lateral/ss4-recipe ^0.1
$ composer require-recipe i-lateral/ss4-recipe ^1.0@dev


$ composer init
$ composer require i-lateral/ss4-recipe ^1.0@dev
$ composer update-recipe i-lateral/ss4-recipe

Further Docs

More comprehensive documentation can be found at the recipe plugin github page


This recipe installs multiple possible base themes, but also builds a "custom" theme that can be used to overwrite the default selected theme.

If you want to switch out the default base theme to an alternative, it is recommended that you change bootstrap in theme.yml to your alternative, EG:

    - 'custom'
    - 'deferedimages'
    - 'bootstrap' # Change this to your base theme
    - '$default'


The custom theme (and parent themes) are designed to use webpack to help package and manage CSS and JS requirements.

Alternativley you can just use the default SilverStripe way (add your own files to dist/css or dist/js) but you will have to manage combining and compressing them.

This is handled automatically via webpack.

Getting Started

To get started using webpack to manage your JS and CSS requirements, first you have to install yarn

Once you have installed yarn, navigate to your theme dir:

# cd /path/to/my/project/themes/custom

Now install node modules (can take a little while)

# yarn install

Adding Custom CSS/JS

Next add your custom JS or CSS (SASS) to the relevent folders (themes/custom/src/javascript or themes/custom/src/scss respectivley), if you add any new files, you will need to import them in the following locations:

  • SCSS Files are added to themes/custom/src/scss/bundle.scss
  • JS files will need to be mapped directly in themes/custom/webpack.common.js

Finally, run one of the following command to transpile/minify your files

  • yarn dev: Transpile all files for development purposes (do not minify)
  • yarn build: Transpile AND minify for production

Some linting functionality is included to help keep code tidy. If you want to lint/tidy your CSS/JS you can run the following:

  • yarn lint:styles or yarn lint:styles:fix Check or attempt to fix issues with SCSS
  • yarn lint:scripts or yarn lint:scripts:fix Check or attempt to fix issues with JS