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Installing SilverStripe

Getting SilverStripe up and running on your computer and on your web server.

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SS3 install: No theme, Very slow

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3 November 2013 at 1:39am Community Member, 5 Posts

Hi everyone,

I have downloaded the zip archive for Windows. Created a MySql database, run the website without having done any modification to the package. The install went with no problem. At the end I got the welcome page with the message "installation successful!".

Problem is:

- the pages have white background and just text, no theme.
- the site is eeeeexxxxxtttttrrrrreeeeemmmmmeeeeelllllyyyyy ssssslllllooooowwwww. 15 seconds to display a page.

My config: Windows 8.0 Pro 64bit / IIS8 / SilverStripe 3.1.1 / MySql 5.6.11 (innodb engine) / PHP 5.5.3 nts Win32 VC11 / PHP XDebug 2.2.3 5.5 VC11 nts.

Note that I run Wordpress 3.5.1 and Concrete5 with no problem.

I hope someone knows what has to be configured because I spent hours trying to find an answer browsing the Internet and found nothing, which is not very encouraging cause I can't believe I'm the only one with that config having that problem.

PS: I did find the thing about the directory write rights, I have modified the rights of the /assets dir with no changes, I even went to give full control to the entire hierarchy with no more luck.



4 November 2013 at 11:44am (Last edited: 4 November 2013 11:45am), Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

Have you tried using "" as the database server instead of "localhost"? Sounds like DNS resolution issues, maybe.

Also, just to confirm, IIS/PHP is able to create a silverstripe-cache folder somewhere in C:\Windows\Temp correctly?


5 November 2013 at 1:29am (Last edited: 5 November 2013 1:34am), Community Member, 5 Posts


By default I use '' instead of 'localhost' as I discovered that it is what works with concrete5.
And yes the 'silverstripe-cache' dir is created in 'windows/temp' and empty.


5 November 2013 at 9:46am Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

There should be another dir in the temp folder called "silverstripe-cache-Cinetpub-wwwroot" for example.
Do you see that? It should have cache files generated by SilverStripe.


5 November 2013 at 8:39pm Community Member, 5 Posts

Hi Sean,

I don't have that other directory.


6 November 2013 at 9:27am (Last edited: 6 November 2013 9:27am), Forum Moderator, 921 Posts

Sounds like the SS temp dir wasn't created correctly, or is re-generating each request, hence the slowness.

Try adding a "silverstripe-cache" directory into the directory where SilverStripe was installed. Then give this directory write permissions for IIS.



6 November 2013 at 8:51pm Community Member, 5 Posts

Hi Sean,

Thanks for the help, but no change. Don't waste any time with me, I give up with SilverStripe and move onto something else.



18 November 2013 at 7:53pm (Last edited: 18 November 2013 7:53pm), Forum Moderator, 149 Posts

Hey Mike,

Just an idea, unless you absolutely have to use IIS, have a go at running SilverStripe on a virtual box with a linux VM. Found that was always a handy way to do some development work on SilverStripe when on a windows box. Depends on the intended end server of course though.

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