Starter kit for SilverStripe 4, Webpack 2 and Bootstrap 4.

dev-master 2017-03-08 00:11 UTC

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SilverStripe 4 + Webpack 2 + Bootstrap 4 = awesome! 😎

This starter kit expands upon silverstripe-webpack-starter and has been revised to work with SilverStripe 4, Webpack 2 and Bootstrap 4. Modernizr is also included for easy browser feature detection.


Installation is via Composer.

Create a new project based on this repo by running:

$ composer create-project praxisnetau/silverstripe-webpack2-starter /path/to/project dev-master

Alternatively, clone the repo, and then run:

$ composer install

Once Composer has finished downloading packages, you'll need to create a .env file either in the project root, or the parent directory. An example file .env.example is included in the repo to give you a head start. The .env file configures the environment and database settings for SilverStripe 4. Make sure you don't commit any .env files with sensitive information (such as passwords) to version control!

You'll also need to install the frontend dependencies in the themes/app folder. You can either use Yarn or NPM to install:


$ cd themes/app
$ yarn install


$ cd themes/app
$ npm install


Once the frontend dependencies are installed in node_modules, you'll need to start the Webpack development server:


$ yarn run start


$ npm run start

If everything goes according to plan, the Webpack development server should start running on http://localhost:8080 and Webpack will compile the theme source files.

You can now access your app host in your browser. SilverStripe will build it's database, and CSS changes will be hot loaded by Webpack.


The theme uses bootstrap-loader and modernizr-loader for easy customisation of your theme via configuration files:

  • themes/app/.bootstraprc - YAML configuration for Bootstrap
  • themes/app/.modernizrrc - YAML configuration for Modernizr

Using these files, you can selectively enable or disable features of both Bootstrap and Modernizr for your custom app build.


To prepare files for distribution to production servers, you can run Webpack in production mode by using:


$ yarn run build


$ npm run build

Webpack will clear your themes/app/production folder and output optimised and minified CSS and JavaScript.


When deploying your project to a live server, you do not need to deploy the themes/app/source folder. Only deploy themes/app/production.