The base SilverStripe installation recipe with development tools. Uses Webpack for frontend and Docker for hosting

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v0.5 2019-02-25 08:25 UTC

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This is the standard base recipe used by Twohill & Co to get up and running in SilverStripe 4 quickly.


  • Composer
  • Yarn
  • Docker

Getting Started

  1. Create a composer project and build the frontend

    composer create-project twohill/silverstripe-standard-base
    yarn build
  2. Copy/rename example.env to .env and update the details as required.

    copy example.env .env

    You will need to update the WEBPACK_IP and WEBPACK_PORT to suit your environment for the hot reload feature to work correctly.

    Please ensure you change the SQL root password in this file!

  3. Start up the docker container

    docker-compose up
  4. Open a new terminal and start webpack

    yarn watch

Building for production

yarn build

This process will build and minify your scss, bundle your js, and copy in any image files you have in app/client/src/ and deploy it to app/client/dist/. Your templates should use the dist directory when published.

Known issues

  • You need to run yarn build whenever you add or change images as this is not picked up by the webpack hot reloader
  • The build process generates .js files for the css bundles as well. You can just ignore these.
  • There's effectively a doubleup of image files between src and dist. Ideas to improve on this are welcome

How to use this recipe


app/client/src/js/main.js is the starting point of the javascript application. You can use ES6 and it will be transpiled by babel for you. jQuery is bundled in along with Bootstrap 4.

Add additional javascript frameworks with yarn add --dev PACKAGE_NAME.

If you are running webpack via yarn watch your page should automatically refresh as you make changes.


There are two stylesheet bundles created: editor.scss for the HTMLTextEditor, and bundle.scss for everything else. bundle.scss includes editor.scss so you do not need to repeat styles. You can split up your styles into multiple files to increase maintainablilty and webpack will minify them for you.

Layout and default styling is managed with Bootstrap 4.