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Introduction to SilverStripe (7 videos)

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Up and Running: Setting up a local SilverStripe dev environment

In this introductory lesson, we cover installing a local webserver (e.g. MAMP), installing and using Composer, and configuring an _ss_environment.php file. Having a finely tuned local environment for your projects will help you work faster and with less redundancy.

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Up and Running: Setting up a local SilverStripe dev environment

In this introductory lesson, we cover installing a local webserver (e.g. MAMP), installing and using Composer, and configuring an _ss_environment.php file. Having a finely tuned local...

Creating your first theme

In this tutorial, we’ll cover how to build your first theme in SilverStripe. The SilverStripe installer ships with its own default theme -- Simple, but more...

Migrating static templates into your theme

In this tutorial, we’ll migrate a static site into your SilverStripe project. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript will provide a nice common ground and starting point for...

Adding Dynamic Content

In this tutorial, we’ll start using SilverStripe’s native template syntax to inject dynamic content into our site, such as navigation, page titles, CMS content, and...

Working with Multiple Templates

Typically a site has more than one distinct template used across all pages. The home page, for instance, is likely to have a different layout than...

The holder/page pattern

In this tutorial we’re going to focus on the Travel Guides section of our website for this topic. As we can see in the designs, there...

Adding custom fields to a page

In the previous lesson, we developed a structure for our Travel Guides section that provides a list view of articles, each with a link to their...

Working with Files and Images

In the previous lesson, we started adding some basic custom fields to our Article pages. We’ll now continue working on getting those pages more integrated with...

Introduction to the ORM

In this lesson, we’ll use the backbone of SilverStripe Framework -- the Object Relational Model (ORM) to syndicate content to the home page of our...

Working with data relationships - $has_many

In this lesson, we're going to dig a bit deeper into relational data by introducing some plural relationships with $has_many.

Working with data relationships - $many_many

In this tutorial, we'll add categories to our articles using another type of plural data relationship known as $many_many.

Introduction to frontend forms

In this tutorial we're going to look at adding forms to the frontend of our website. We'll add a new feature that allows users to post...

How to use this guide

What are we building?

These tutorials are published in series, with each lesson demonstrating a new concept in SilverStripe development. To give them context, we have created an imaginary client that we’ll be working for, who needs a custom web application. Their application will allow users to book and list holiday rentals, much like HomeAway or AirBnB, only to give it an element of distinction, all the listings are in Middle Earth. The name of the website is appropriately One Ring Rentals.


You should have a basic working knowledge of object-oriented PHP and MySQL. If you are new to PHP, we recommend the tutorial at Codecademy. Since the project assumes that a designer has already done all of our HTML and CSS, there will be very little, if any, frontend work.

The format

Each lesson includes a screencast and a written tutorial. They follow each other very closely, and in general, share all the same information. Lessons will be published at a rate of roughly one per week, and will move through the project in a linear fashion, putting most of the advanced topics further down the track.

Getting the source code

The source code is hosted on Github in a public repository.

Each lesson points to a commit in the source code repository, tagged with the lesson name, formatted as ‘lesson-x’, where “x” is the number of the lesson. For example, to see the final result of lesson 5, you can use git checkout lesson-5. Keep in mind, the tags are assigned at the conclusion of the lesson, so to follow along and do the work on your own, you should check out the previous lesson.

Getting the database and assets

With the exception of the early lessons, each lesson contains a ZIP file download of the database, uploaded assets, and any other materials you may need. All database clients, such as PHPMyAdmin, Navicat, and Sequel Pro allow you to import SQL scripts very easily. You can also run the script from the command line, using

mysql -u [user] -p[password] [database_name] < import.sql

Getting support

Leave a comment on the lesson, or write to [email protected]


In the future, we plan to add subtitles to the screencasts, but for now, non-English speakers should translate the written version of the tutorials to follow along.