Tuesday, December 27, 2016


Template for websites with basic functionality. It is based on next ideas:
  • have common features already integrated and configured (tests,gulp,bower etc)
  • simplify updates (via git merge from this project)
  • extensive use of .env config (slightly more then original Laravel)
  • 'make' based macro-tool for often used commands 
Home : https://gitlab.com/oprudkyi/laravel-bootstrap-adminlte-starter-kit/
Mirror: https://github.com/oprudkyi/laravel-bootstrap-adminlte-starter-kit 


Just base functionality for other projects
Project includes already preconfigured resources:
Creation of new site based on starter kit
#clone original repository
git clone git@gitlab.com:oprudkyi/laravel-bootstrap-adminlte-starter-kit.git my_project

#cd to project
cd my_project

#delete origin
git remote rm origin

#use your new repository as main source 
git remote add origin git@gitlab.com:oprudkyi/web-site.git

#keep original source for updates
git remote add starter-kit git@gitlab.com:oprudkyi/laravel-bootstrap-adminlte-starter-kit.git

#push to your repository
git push -u origin master


Keeping your site in sync with starter kit

git fetch starter-kit
git merge starter-kit/master
git push
make merge-starterkit
git push



If you are building from the first time out of the source repository, you will need to generate the configure scripts. From the top directory, do:


Once the configure scripts are generated, 'make' system can be configured. From the top directory, do:


Run ./configure --help to see other configuration options
Install configured dependencies - tools like composer/bower and components as defined in composer.json, bower.json, package.json :

make download-dependencies



There are a large number of tests that can all be run from the top-level directory.
      make -k check
      make -k check-functional
      make -k check-acceptance
This will make all of the libraries (as necessary), and run through the unit tests defined in each of the client libraries. If a single language fails, the make check will continue on and provide a synopsis at the end.


Boostraping development environment

cp .env.example .env
vim .env

#for sqlite db
touch storage/database/play.sqlite
./artisan migrate

#generate key
./artisan key:generate -v


Update dependencies

make update-downloaded-dependencies


make update-downloaded-dependencies-production
it will search for updated packages for composer/npm/bower and install them as well will update lock/json files


Mailcatcher integration

Mailcatcher is configured in the .env.example for port 1025, tests use different port (11031) so tests can be run while development instance of maicatcher is running

make run-mailcatcher

make stop-mailcatcher

Mailcatcher web gui available via


Javascript/Css assets

Intergration is based on Laravel Elixir and Bower as package system (packages installed into vendor/bower_components).
To call bower use something like
node_modules/.bin/bower install "eonasdan-bootstrap-datetimepicker#latest" --save
or update current dependencies
node_modules/.bin/bower install
The building script is gulpfile.js. System is configured to generate single js file from all packages provided (as well single css file)
if you add/remove packages, you may also need to edit resources/assets/sass/app.scss as well for adding/removing css/scss/js
use 'make gulp' or 'make gulp-watch' to compile resources
custom css rules you can add to resources/assets/sass/starterkit/starter-kit-customize.scss it's applied after any other css, so it's possible to change any css behavior here


Manual Deployment Initialization

This isn't adivsed , just for info:
  • First, clone your repository to production/staging server
  • configure production environment
    ./configure --enable-tests=no
    make download-dependencies-production
    chmod 777 -R storage
  • create db (in case of mysql)
sudo mysql 
CREATE USER 'starterkit_user'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'starterkit_password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON starterkit_db.* TO 'starterkit_user'@'%';
  • create env file
cp .env.example.production .env
vim .env
  • create key
php artisan key:generate
  • migrate db
php artisan migrate
  • optimize app
make production-optimize
it will run next commands:
#clear cache
php artisan view:clear
php artisan config:clear
php artisan route:clear
php artisan clear-compiled

composer dump-autoload --optimize

php artisan cache:clear
php artisan config:cache
php artisan route:cache
php artisan optimize

#recompile js/css


Manual Deployment

git pull
make download-dependencies-production
php artisan migrate
make production-optimize

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