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Laravel 4 Bootstrap Starter Site

Version: 1.2.1 Stable ProjectStatus Build Status

Laravel 4 Bootstrap Starter Site is a sample application for beginning development with Larvel 4.

It began as a fork of laravel4-starter-kit taking the starter kit changing the included modules and adding a few as well.


  • Twitter Bootstrap 2.3.0
  • Custom Error Pages
    • 403 for forbidden page accesses
    • 404 for not found pages
    • 500 for internal server errors
  • Confide for Authentication and Authorization
  • Back-end
    • User and Role management
    • Manage blog posts and comments
    • WYSIWYG editor for post creation and editing.
  • Front-end
    • User login, registration, forgot password
    • User account area
    • Simple Blog functionality
  • Packages included:


See github issue list for current list.




PHP >= 5.4.0 (Entrust requires 5.4, this is an increase over Laravel's 5.3.7 requirement)
MCrypt PHP Extension

How to install

Step 1: Get the code

Option 1: Git Clone

git clone git:// laravel

Option 2: Download the repository

Step 2: Use Composer to install dependencies

Option 1: Composer is not installed globally

cd laravel
curl -s | php
php composer.phar install

Option 2: Composer is installed globally

cd laravel
composer install

If you haven't already, you might want to make composer be installed globally for future ease of use.

Step 3: Configure Database

Now that you have the Laravel 4 installed, you need to create a database for it and update the file app/config/database.php

Step 4: Configure Mailer

Set the address and name from the from array in config/mail.php. Those will be used to send account confirmation and password reset emails to the users. If you don't set that registration will fail because it cannot send the confirmation email.

Step 5: Populate Database

Run these commands to create and populate Users table:

php artisan migrate
php artisan db:seed

Step 6: Set Encryption Key

In app/config/app.php

| Encryption Key
| This key is used by the Illuminate encrypter service and should be set
| to a random, long string, otherwise these encrypted values will not
| be safe. Make sure to change it before deploying any application!
'key' => 'YourSecretKey!!!',

You can use artisan to do this

php artisan key:generate

Step 7: Make sure app/storage is writable by your web server.

If permissions are set correctly:

chmod -R 775 app/storage

Should work, if not try

chmod -R 777 app/storage

Step 8: Build Assets

Basset needs to build the assets.

php artisan basset:build

Step 9: Start Page

User login with commenting permission

Navigate to your Laravel 4 website and login at /user/login:

username : user
password : user

Create a new user at /user/create

Admin login

Navigate to /admin

username: admin
password: admin

Application Structure

The structure of this starter site is the same as default Laravel 4 with one exception. This starter site adds a library folder. Which, houses application specific library files. The files within library could also be handled within a composer package, but is included here as an example.


For ease of development you'll want to enable a couple useful packages. This requires editing the app/config/app.php file.

    'providers' => array(


        /* Uncomment for use in development */
//        'Way\Generators\GeneratorsServiceProvider', // Generators
//        'Barryvdh\LaravelIdeHelper\IdeHelperServiceProvider', // IDE Helpers


Uncomment the Generators and IDE Helpers. Then you'll want to run a composer update with the dev flag.

php composer.phar update

This adds the generators and ide helpers. To make it build the ide helpers automatically you'll want to modify the post-update-cmd in composer.json

        "post-update-cmd": [
            "php artisan optimize",
            "php artisan ide-helper:generate"

Production Launch

By default debugging is enabled. Before you go to production you should disable debugging in app/config/app.php

    | Application Debug Mode
    | When your application is in debug mode, detailed error messages with
    | stack traces will be shown on every error that occurs within your
    | application. If disabled, a simple generic error page is shown.

    'debug' => false,


Styles are not displaying

You may need to recompile the assets for basset. This is easy to with one command.

php artisan basset:build

Included Package Information

Confide Authentication Solution

Used for the user auth and registration. In general for user controllers you'll want to use something like the following:


use Zizaco\Confide\ConfideUser;

class User extends ConfideUser {


For full usage see Zizaco/Confide Documentation

Entrust Role Solution

Entrust provides a flexible way to add Role-based Permissions to Laravel4.


use Zizaco\Entrust\EntrustRole;

class Role extends EntrustRole


For full usage see Zizaco/Entrust Documentation

Ardent - Used for handling repetitive validation tasks.

Self-validating, secure and smart models for Laravel 4's Eloquent ORM

For full usage see Ardent Documentation


A fluent extension to PHPs DateTime class.

printf("Right now is %s", Carbon::now()->toDateTimeString());
printf("Right now in Vancouver is %s", Carbon::now('America/Vancouver'));  //implicit __toString()
$tomorrow = Carbon::now()->addDay();
$lastWeek = Carbon::now()->subWeek();
$nextSummerOlympics = Carbon::createFromDate(2012)->addYears(4);

$officialDate = Carbon::now()->toRFC2822String();

$howOldAmI = Carbon::createFromDate(1975, 5, 21)->age;

$noonTodayLondonTime = Carbon::createFromTime(12, 0, 0, 'Europe/London');

$worldWillEnd = Carbon::createFromDate(2012, 12, 21, 'GMT');

For full usage see Carbon


A Better Asset Management package for Laravel.

Adding assets in the configuration file config/packages/jasonlewis/basset/config.php

'collections' => array(
        'public-css' => function($collection)

Compiling assets

$ php artisan basset:build

I would recommend using development collections for development instead of compiling .

For full usage see Using Basset by Jason Lewis


Simple presenter to wrap and render objects. Think of it of a way to modify an asset for the view layer only. Control the presentation in the presentation layer not in the model.

The core idea is the relationship between two classes: your model full of data and a presenter which works as a sort of wrapper to help with your views. For instance, if you have a User object you might have a UserPresenter presenter to go with it. To use it all you do is $userObject = new UserPresenter($userObject);. The $userObject will function the same unless a method is called that is a member of the UserPresenter. Another way to think of it is that any call that doesn't exist in the UserPresenter falls through to the original object.

For full usage see Presenter Readme

Laravel 4 Generators

Laravel 4 Generators package provides a variety of generators to speed up your development process. These generators include:

  • generate:model
  • generate:seed
  • generate:test
  • generate:view
  • generate:migration
  • generate:resource
  • generate:scaffold
  • generate:form
  • generate:test

For full usage see Laravel 4 Generators Readme


This is free software distributed under the terms of the MIT license

Additional information

Inspired by and based on laravel4-starter-kit

Any questions, feel free to contact me.