This project is to be served as a basis for a fully fledged web application, it is constantly evolving and has many contributors. It has been converted into many languages, and more are being added every month. As with any project, nothing is perfect, I made this in my spare time and while I have used it for many people, there will always be bugs. If you find a bug please make an issue, also please refrain from making issues that are specific to your project and not the boilerplate. I hope you enjoy all of the hard work I have put into this, I plan on keeping it updated but I will definitely need help if anyone is available to research issues and make pull requests to fix them. Also, don't be insulted if I refactor your code after a pull request, I like to stay organized and keep the flow of the source uniform.
Download the files above and place on your server. (This project was developed on Laravel Homestead and I highly recommend you use either that or Laravel Velet, to get the optimal server configuration and no errors through installation.)
Laravel project dependencies are managed through the PHP Composer tool. The first step is to install the depencencies by navigating into your project in terminal and typing this command:
If you only have NPM installed you have to run this command from the root of the project:
If you have Yarn installed, run this instead from the root of the project:
This package ships with a .env.example file in the root of the project.
You must rename this file to just .env
Note: Make sure you have hidden files shown on your system.
You must create your database on your server and on your .env file update the following lines:
Change these lines to reflect your new database settings.
The first thing we are going to so is set the key that Laravel will use when doing encryption.
php artisan key:generate
You should see a green message stating your key was successfully generated. As well as you should see the APP_KEY variable in your .env file reflected.
It's time to see if your database credentials are correct.
We are going to run the built in migrations to create the database tables:
php artisan migrate
You should see a message for each table migrated, if you don't and see errors, than your credentials are most likely not correct.
We are now going to set the administrator account information. To do this you need to navigate to this file and change the name/email/password of the Administrator account.
You can delete the other dummy users, but do not delete the administrator account or you will not be able to access the backend.
Now seed the database with:
php artisan db:seed
You should get a message for each file seeded, you should see the information in your database tables.
Now that you have the database tables and default rows, you need to build the frontend styles and scripts.
These files are generated using Laravel Elixir, which is a wrapper around many tools, and works off the gulpfile.js in the root of the project.
To build these files you will need a tool called gulp installed.
You can install with:
sudo npm install -g gulp
After installed, from the root of the project run the gulp command:
You will see a lot of information flash on the screen and then be provided with a table at the end explaining what was compiled and where the files live.
At this point you are done, you should be able to hit the project in your local browser and see the project, as well as be able to log in with the administrator and view the backend.
After your project is installed, make sure you run the test suite to make sure all of the parts are working correctly. From the root of your project run:
You will see a dot(.) appear for each of the hundreds of tests, and then be provided with the amount of passing tests at the end. There should be no failures with a fresh install.
At this point you have all that you need, you can browse the code base and build the rest of your application the way you normally would. Or you can visit the documentation to get a really good grasp on what's going on behind the scenes.