A Laravel 5 composer package that assigns section names & titles to pages, simplifies creation of breadcrumb trails, pagination, and other components.

v0.8.1 2021-04-21 05:40 UTC


A Laravel 5 composer package that assigns section names & titles to pages, simplifies creation of breadcrumb trails, pagination, and other components.


To install SolidSite, make sure "regulus/solid-site" has been added to Laravel 5's composer.json file.

"require": {
	"regulus/solid-site": "0.8.*"

Then run php composer.phar update from the command line. Composer will install the SolidSite package. Now, all you have to do is register the service provider and set up SolidSite's alias in config/app.php. Add this to the providers array:


And add this to the aliases array:

'Site' => Regulus\SolidSite\Facade::class,

You may use 'SolidSite', or another alias, but 'Site' is recommended for the sake of simplicity. SolidSite is now ready to go.

Now, publish the config file, site.php, as well as the views and JS file, from the command line:

php artisan vendor:publish

You may also use SolidSite's built-in extension of Laravel 5's Illuminate\Foundation\Application class in case you would like to modify the public directory to something else such as public_html or even ../public_html if you place your Laravel 5 application inside another directory. SolidSite's own Application class allows you to set the public_path in config/site.php to restore this ability. If you would like to use it, replace this code in bootstrap/app.php:

$app = new Illuminate\Foundation\Application(

With this:

$app = new Regulus\SolidSite\Application(

This is, however, entirely optional. If you choose not to use it, you may still get SolidSite's configured public path using Site::publicPath().

Setting Sections, Sub Sections, and Titles

Setting identifiers:

Site::set('section', 'Forum');

Site::set(['subSection', 'title.main'], 'Forum: General'); // sets both to "Forum: General"

	'section'    => 'Forum',
	'subSection' => 'General',
	'title.main' => 'Forum: General',

You can use the SolidSite package to store config items that you'd rather not store anywhere else. SolidSite has a few default identifiers including section, subSection, title, and titleHeading. These can be used to highlight menu items in a menu, or for anything else that requires a unique page identifier.

Note: Though the variable names in the config file are snakecase, you may get and set them using camelcase as well.

Getting identifiers:


Setting the page title:


Site::set('title.main', 'Title');

Getting the page title:


This will return the title.main config item along with the name config item (the name of your website) or just the name config item if a title is not set.

Setting the page heading:


Site::set('title.heading', 'Heading');

Getting the page heading:


This will return the title.heading config item or the title config item if a heading title is not set. This can be used in cases where you want to make the heading of the page different from what is in the web page's title tag. You may also use setSubHeading() and subHeading() should you require a sub heading.

Setting the page title prefix:

Site::setTitlePrefix('Forum'); // set a prefix only for the document title itself

Site::setTitlePrefix('Forum', true); // set a prefix for the document title as well as the page heading

Highlighting Menu Items Based on Section and Sub Section

SolidSite has a few methods for the purpose of highlighting menu items (adding a "selected" class) when the correct section and/or sub section is set.

Highlighting a menu item by section:

	<li{!! Site::selectBy('section', 'Home') !!}><a href="#">Home</a></li>
	<li{!! echo Site::selectBy('section', 'FAQ') !!}><a href="#">FAQ</a></li>
	<li{!! echo Site::selectBy('section', 'Contact') !!}><a href="#">Contact</a></li>

Highlighting a menu item by multiple identifiers:

	<li{!! Site::selectBy('section', 'Home') !!}><a href="#">Home</a></li>
	<li{!! Site::selectBy('section', 'Stuff') !!}>
		<a href="#">Stuff</a>
			<li{!! Site::selectByMulti(['section' => 'Stuff', 'subSection' => 'Some Stuff']) !!}>
				<a href="#">Some Stuff</a>
			<li class="some-class{!! Site::selectByMulti(['section' => 'Stuff', 'subSection' => 'Some Other Stuff'], true) !!}">
				<a href="#">Some Other Stuff</a>
	<li{!! Site::selectBy('section', 'FAQ', false, 'active') !!}><a href="#">FAQ</a></li>
	<li class="some-class{!! Site::selectBy('section', 'Contact', true) !!}"><a href="#">Contact</a></li>

If successful, a class will be added to the menu list item. The default class is "selected", but this can be adjusted in the config file or as the fourth argument in the selectBy() and selectByMulti() methods. The third class is a boolean that denotes whether the returned markup should be the entire class declaration or if it should just return the name of the class (with a preceding space) in case you want to add the class to an existing class declaration in your HTML.

Asset URLs

Create an asset URL that uses the directory specified in config.php:

echo Site::asset('libraries/bootstrap/js/bootstrap.min.js');

Create an image asset URL:

echo Site::img('logo.png');

echo Site::img('logo'); // if no extension is provided, ".png" is assumed

Create a CSS asset URL:

echo Site::css('styles.css');

echo Site::css('styles'); // if no extension is provided, ".css" is assumed

Create a JavaScript asset URL:

echo Site::js('jquery.js');

echo Site::js('jquery'); // if no extension is provided, ".js" is assumed

Create an uploaded file URL:

echo Site::uploadedFile('users/1.png');

The asset URLs methods should help to shorten markup and make your views cleaner. You can customize the directories for each of the asset types in config.php according to your preferences.

Breadcrumb Trails

Adding a breadcrumb trail item:

Site::addTrailItem('Stuff', 'stuff');

The first argument is the title that will appear in the breadcrumb trail. The second argument is the URI route it links to. By default, it will link to the root page of your website. Setting the initial item in the before() filter in filters.php works well.

Adding multiple breadcrumb trail items:

	'Home'     => null, // will be base URL
	'Forum'    => 'forum', // will be like
	'Sections' => ['sections', 'forum'], // will be like

Outputting breadcrumb trail markup in a view:

{!! Site::getBreadcrumbTrailMarkup() !!}

Note: If you would prefer to build the breadcrumb trail markup yourself, you can use getTrailItems(). The view for the breadcrumb trail will, however, be published to resources/views/vendor/solid-site, so you may also modify the existing one.

Button Lists

Adding a button to the list:

Site::addButton('Home', 'home'); // simple version (label, URI / URL)

Site::addButton([ // versatile version for more customization
	'uri'    => 'home',
	'label'  => 'Home',
	'class'  => 'btn btn-primary',

Adding multiple buttons:

		'uri'    => 'home',
		'label'  => 'Home',
		'class'  => 'btn btn-primary',
		'url'    => [null, 'forum'], // will be like
		'label'  => 'Forum',
		'target' => '_blank',

You may concurrently set multiple button lists as well. Each one has a sort of "namespace". You can change the active one with setButtonList() (the default is main), or you can simply add a list variable to the button item array. It is also possible to specify the list as the the second parameter of the addButtons() method.

Adding multiple buttons:

Outputting button list markup in a view:

{!! Site::getButtonListMarkup() !!}

{!! Site::getButtonListMarkup('secondary') !!}

The first example will use the active button list. The second one specifies the list to display.


SolidSite makes it easy to create URI segment-powered pagination rather than having to rely on GET query strings like ?page=2 (while keeping the GET query option available for those who require it). This can allow you to create pagination systems that feature very clean URLs.

Setting up pagination:

$query = Items::where('type_id', 1); // set up a query using a model or the query builder

$page = 2; // can be an integer, or simply "last" to get the last page

Site::paginate($query, $page, [
	'uri'      => 'items', // you can pass a URI or URL for the pagination buttons
	'function' => 'Actions.getItems', // you can also pass a function to be called when a button is clicked (used in conjunction with the included JS)

To use the $page parameter to override GET query pagination, you should set the site.pagination.page_links.href.get config variable to false. Otherwise, you can leave $page as a null value so that the page GET value will be used instead. There are also other settings available in the config file, such as setting the link width of the bookends (the "1 2 ..." links that will appear at the beginning/end if the current page + the page link radius) is outside of the beginning and/or end of the available number of pages. The bookend and radius links also automatically have classes applied to them, which will allow you to adjust the bookend and radius lengths depending on the available screen width of the accessing device. This aids in producing responsive layouts. Also, the pagination markup itself is completely adjustable if you publish the views.

Note: The SolidSite JavaScript class can be used in conjunction with paginate() to set up AJAX-based paginated data requesting when buttons are clicked.


SolidSite includes a simple JavaScript class for defining app URLs (base URL and API URL are included as defaults), applying Laravel's CSRF token to all AJAX requests, executing function via strings, and initializing AJAX-based pagination. You may easily modify and add to the basic functions provided.

Loading and initializing the JS:


Note: If you are using AJAX-based pagination, it's a good idea to return rendered markup of the pagination menu with each request so that you may update the page link radius (this radius will default to 3 links above and below the current page, assuming they exist).