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Templates: what sites are you making with SilverStripe?

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Administrator, 690 Posts

4 February 2007 at 11:30am

Hi everyone,

We're going to be releasing a number of pre-built sites with SilverStripe 2.1, with templates and features already implemented, to let you get a site up and running more quickly.

In order to be most useful, we need to have a good idea of what kind of sites people are building with SilverStripe.

What sites are you making, or planning to make, with SilverStripe?


Community Member, 18 Posts

6 February 2007 at 8:20am

I have been searching the web looking for a CMS that facilitates the setup of an Open Source Project. SilverStripe attracts me because of the BSD license. I would like to see a general Template to aid in the managing of Open Source Projects. I suppose this template format would be quite similar to the Silverstripe Homepage.


I would also be intested in a template that set the foundation for an Internet Radio Station. A Radio Station template would support audio streaming, custom listening and perhaps file uploads and downloads. Also, a template that supported musicians would be interesting. I have been following Rockband CMS,

A good system, but GPL, not BSD licensed and it requires the Smarty Libary. I think there is room for a musicians template. This would also lead to audio and video streaming, perhaps as a module.


An Art Auction web template could be useful. Generally, what I means is a template that aided in the setup of auction site with e-commerce enabled as a module.


Administrator, 690 Posts

7 February 2007 at 9:16am

Thanks for the feedback. The musician page and open-source site sound feasible - a 'band site' could be built by adding Gig and Release (ie, Album / Single) page types - the rest of the content for such a site would be built using the tools already available.

However, the auction system and radio streaming will require too much development - they would be more like new products than templates for what we already have.

That said, better support for sound and video multimedia is something that we would like to add to a future release. Once that's in, the "internet radio station" would be doable.


Community Member, 4 Posts

14 February 2007 at 4:41pm

A community site for artists. A place where users can upload images, post a biog etc. Basic kind of stuff - perhaps doable by expanding the forum profile??


Forum Moderator, 628 Posts

14 February 2007 at 4:58pm

BTW, I've uploaded a taste of what is to come with the SilverStripe 2.1 prebuilt templates ... look back at our homepage or blog page.


Community Member, 4 Posts

15 February 2007 at 4:27pm

Edited: 15/02/2007 4:29pm

I would be interested in a art/design forum/comment board for each of my work. Meaning a fully customizable portfolio site that people could leave comments on my work. Maybe work a little lightbox action into it, turn on and off maybe.

Just a side note, there really aren't any easy to use CMS's out there that any web, non-php-programmer, designer can use you noted in some of your landing pages. Really hope this is the answer I, and alot of my fellow designers, have been looking for.


Administrator, 690 Posts

15 February 2007 at 5:12pm

Well, TK421, our aim is to provide that CMS, so we'd love to hear how you get on. :-)

There's a built-in page commenting feature that you could probably use. See for information.


Community Member, 4 Posts

15 February 2007 at 5:35pm

Edited: 15/02/2007 5:39pm

Right O Sam... I apologize because I am speaking out of turn. I have just read a bit on the SS. Installed it on my localhost, facemelting process with the .exe by the way. So I do have a bit of fact finding to look into.

In general though I think where designers get frazzled, as I know I do, is when I want to customize the placement and design of a module (which is basically our bread and butter, outside of the programming). For example customizing the navigation. I know how to do it with just straight css and html, but have no idea how to do so within a CMS...

If you could integrate and easy to use "edit module" and just as important, placement of that module it would help tremendously. The easiest way to do this, in my opinion, would be to create a list of available tags. Ex. $navi$, $footer$, $custom1$, etc. Then the designer can place these tags within a simple HTML page and when rendered it will pull the corresponding module. Then in the admin screen gives the ability to design & customize these modules. Its almost like an include on steroids.

Again speaking out of turn, your CMS may do this already... So I will shut up now and post again after I have read more.


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