A starter theme for SilverStripe

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  • Copy the theme into the themes/ directory of your SilverStripe project. If you've named it correctly, there should be a directory called themes/[your-theme]/templates.
  • Add the following to your app/config/theme.yml file.
        - "$public"
        - "[your-theme]"
        - "$default"
  • Update composer.json to fit your new theme name.
  • Run composer vendor-expose if needed
  • Happy hacking!

This theme is not meant to be used by itself ! It is only a starting point for your own developments.

Themes helper

Some features have been made available as a convenience as a trait unde src/StarterTheme.php.


require_once BASE_PATH . '/themes/starter/src/StarterTheme.php';

use SilverStripe\View\Requirements;
use LeKoala\DeferBackend\DeferBackend;
use SilverStripe\CMS\Controllers\ContentController;

class PageController extends ContentController
    use StarterTheme;


This theme is basically build around recommendations made in this article https://www.matuzo.at/blog/html-boilerplate/ which is a brilliant introduction for a modern boilerplate.

It is bundled with bootstrap 5 but feel free to use whatever you like. The scss files are compiled with dart sass and prefixed with autoprefixer.


Favicon needs to be set in /images folder. Use an icon generator:

Please use a svg icon if possible!

Provided icon has been made with https://www.blobmaker.app/.


Please use fonts helper to create a local version of your google fonts or use your own. Use only woff2 fonts for modern browsers.

Fonts needs to be preloaded for best results, see how to preload fonts in StarterTheme trait.

Search form

By default, the search form works on all pages. But this leads to a lot of problems. In general, I'd rather use a custom search controller to display results. This should be provided with $SearchControllerLink.

You can use simple search to enable this.


No js is required by default in the theme. This is because I highly recommend to manage things from your controller instead.

Here is a sample bit of code you can include in PageController::init.

protected function init()
    Requirements::themedJavascript("javascript/all.min.js", ['type' => 'module']);

Js is using modern standard and is compiled using esbuild.

Please note we are using js modules here as it allows using modern js safely and defer js loading by default. You need to use my module defer backend module with enable_js_modules set to true for this to work.