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General questions about getting started with SilverStripe that don't fit in any of the categories above.

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Newbie: Using templates and themes


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29 September 2009 at 10:24pm Community Member, 2 Posts


when you first install SS, it uses the templates in the <...>/htdocs/<base directory>/themes/tutorial/templates directory (although, strangely enough, the mysite/_config.php file sets the 'blackcandy' theme).

How you tell SS to use other templates and/or other themes?

What's the best way to start a new website using existing templates?

Many thanks.



30 September 2009 at 12:18am Community Member, 215 Posts

There is a file called _config.php in the mysite folder, down near the bottom of this you will see a line containing 'blackcandy'. This is where you set which template the site uses by setting it to the name of the folder inside the themes folder.

There are a few ways to go about creating a new theme based on a normal html template but one of the best ways is outlined here [url][/url]

Hope this helps :)


30 September 2009 at 3:29am (Last edited: 30 September 2009 3:31am), Community Member, 2 Posts

Many thanks Howard. The template tutorial was very useful.

Now, let us say that wish to create a website from scratch. Should you go to the Site Content Manager and delete all the pages (Home, etc.) or is there a better way? Furthermore, let's say that you wish to create two websites. How do you tell the Site Content Manager which site to point to and how do you switch from one to the other?

Many thanks.