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Misunderstanding regarding structure

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Community Member, 26 Posts

19 January 2009 at 10:12am

Hi. I have just installed SS under WAMP. So far so very impressed.

I'm going through the tutorial and I seem to have some basic misapprehension. My assumption (and the choice I made during the install process) is that the CMS is altering the Tutorial site. However, the template (.ss) file in the tutorial site doesn't seem to correspond to the page I see at http://localhost/silverstripe/. I can even delete the whole tutorial folder without affecting that site. I then assumed i must actually be working on the MySite folder but that doesn't contain any templates.

Maybe it's just that it's approaching midnight on a Sunday here but I'm super-confused. Any help would be much appreciated!


Community Member, 26 Posts

19 January 2009 at 10:21am

I just had a look at the MySQL database that was built during installation and it is indeed SS_MySite. Can I copy the /tutorial files into /mysite? I'm still a bit puzzled that the site works although there is no template defined under /mysite.

I imagine there must be a way to get SS to create a new database for a different site on the same server - being a total neophyte most of my questions are currently probably a bit ridiculous. Could someone maybe just give me a URL for the documentation regarding multiple site implementations?



Forum Moderator, 4102 Posts

19 January 2009 at 11:10am

This is super confusing. This is what I always do:

1) Copy /tutorial/_config.php to /mysite/
2) Change the global $project to "mysite"
3) Make sure there's a Page.php in /mysite/code. (I think there is) If not, copy it from tutorial
4) Create /mysite/templates/ as <h1>Hello</h1> or whatever you want
5) Delete the /tutorial/ folder.

I'm sure this isn't the right way, but it's what I always do. I've never understood the whole "tutorial" concept. I find it annoying.


Forum Moderator, 5523 Posts

19 January 2009 at 12:44pm

It is quite confusing for people. I undertook some work to make it more straightforward in 2.3...

----- In < 2.3 -----
If you install with 'BlackCandy' option then your code and config file is stored in mysite/ and your theme is set to themes/blackcandy

If you install with 'Tutorial' option then your code and config file is stored in tutorial/ and your theme is set to blank (as all the tutorial code is stored in tutorial/templates rather then a Theme

----- In 2.3+ -----
No matter what theme you install your code is stored in mysite/ your html is stored in themes/themeyouchoose. Depending on what theme you choose (tutorial / blackcandy) all it does is set this line in your mysite/_config.php file - SSViewer::set_theme('BlackCandy');

Future plans, in the near future we are planning on removing / rewriting the tutorials on the site as they are over 2 years old and a tad out of date for what they explain. This is why in < 2.3 the tutorial html was not a 'theme' as this was created before we had the functionality of themes. At this time we will be removing the tutorial theme completely.

This will be replaced with a Recipe Site that you will be able to download the code / templates and the tutorials will be updated with this (screenshots, code statements etcs) and at least time we will tidy up the install procedure.


Community Member, 26 Posts

21 January 2009 at 2:34am

Thanks for the helpful responses! I'll look up the implications of multi-site installations on a single server when I get there.


Community Member, 3 Posts

4 March 2009 at 12:20am

New tutorials would be a godsend, it has been really confusing trying to set this up on a mac