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Community Member, 140 Posts

8 July 2008 at 1:46pm

I've finally sorted out all the problems with running Silverstripe on I've posted the installation procedure on my own blog, but it makes most sense to post them here too. So here it is:

Installing Silverstripe on

Download the latest Silverstripe archive and decompress it to a directory. Open up sapphire/main.php, and search for the following line:

$baseURL = dirname(dirname(dirname(dirname($_SERVER['SCRIPT_NAME']))));

Replace this line with:

$baseURL = "/";

In version 2.2.2, this is at line 149. Upload the Silverstripe files to the server as per normal installation. Next, create a new .htaccess file containing the following:

php_flag zend.ze1_compatibility_mode Off
php_value allow_call_time_pass_reference on
php_value register_globals off

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.gif)|(\.jpg)|(\.png)|(\.css)|(\.js)|(\.php)$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} ^(.*)$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(/awstats/*)$
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteRule .* /sapphire/main.php?url=%1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]

Upload this .htaccess file to the root directory of the server. Next, complete the standard installation procedure. The server may complain that mod-rewrite is not working; this is okay. At this point, you may need to upload the .htaccess file again, because the installer may change it.

Download the file mysite/_config.php (via FTP). Add the following line:


Now upload mysite/_config.php back to the server. Silverstripe should now be installed, and work correctly.


Community Member, 605 Posts

8 July 2008 at 3:46pm

php_value register_globals off 

Some hosts still have globals turned on????


Community Member, 140 Posts

8 July 2008 at 3:51pm

Some hosts still have globals turned on????
They probably don't. I messed around with the files quite a bit, trying things that others suggested. The most important line in the .htaccess file is the first one. It will probably work without the other two lines below the first one, but I didn't experiment further, so I left them in.