A minimal Django project template we use for almost all of our projects.
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Django Project Template

A minimal django project template we use at ikraft for almost all of our projects.

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Use following command to use it in your own project:

$ django-admin.py startproject testproject --template=https://github.com/ikraft/django-project-template/zipball/master

Directory Layout

Inline comments should be self explainatory.

|-- apps -----------------------(Holds our apps)
|-- assets ---------------------(Sitewide static assets managed by compass/sass)
|   |-- config.rb
|   |-- css
|   |-- img
|   |-- js
|   `-- sass
|-- data -----------------------(Any data files required in the project)
|-- docs -----------------------(Install Documentation)
|   |-- INSTALL.txt
|   |-- README.txt
|   `-- requirements -----------(pip requirements)
|       |-- common.txt
|       |-- production.txt
|       |-- staging.txt
|       `-- sample-local.txt
|-- etc ------------------------(External configuration)
|   |-- apache
|   |-- gunicorn
|   |-- nginx
|   `-- supervisor
|-- logs
|   |-- apache
|   |-- project_name ------------(Logs generated by our django project. Directory name replaced by actual project name)
|   |-- gunicorn
|   |-- nginx
|   `-- supervisor
|-- libs -----------------------(Any external libs that need customization)
|   `-- __init__.py
|-- manage.py
|-- project_name --------------(project_name will be replated by the project name provided to django-admin.py)
|   |-- settings --------------(django Settings module)
|   |   |-- common.py
|   |   |-- dist-settings.py
|   |   |-- local-sample.py
|   |   |-- production.py
|   |   `-- staging.py
|-- public --------------------(STATIC_ROOT)
|   `-- uploads -- uploads ---------------(MEDIA_ROOT)
`-- templates
    `-- base.html


Althought not required, we generate all stylesheets using a Compass/SASS.

Installing and using Compass

On an Ubuntu 12.04 machine, compass can be installed with following commands:

sudo apt-get install ruby1.9.1-full sudo gem update --system sudo gem install compass

Once installed, just

cd /path/to/project/assets compass watch

That's it!

Check out compass website http://compass-style.org for detailed documentation.

A note about runtime compilation

We do not use runtime compilation for e.g, via django-compressorm to compile sass files. We simply use compass watch command. We found this method much simpler and easy to manage/maintain.

Using frontend frameworks

Twitter Bootstrap

Step 1: Install bootstrap-sass gem

There are many SASS/Compass ports of Bootstrap but we prefer https://github.com/thomas-mcdonald/bootstrap-sass.

sudo gem install bootstrap-sass

Step 2: Add bootstrap to compass config

Add following line to the top of /path/to/project/assets/config.rb

require 'bootstrap'

Step 3: Install bootstrap in the project

cd /path/to/project/assets compass install bootstrap

Step 4: Add bootstrap to your styles*

Add following line at the to of your SASS/SCSS files:

@import bootstrap

For responsive designs add following line, which won't be needed when Bootstrap v3 is released.

@import bootstrap-responsive

Zurb Foundation

Same as Twitter Bootstrap; just replace the name of the gem and requires to zurb-foundation. See http://foundation.zurb.com/docs/compass.php for more details.


The following text will become the README.rst of the new project. Everything above this will not be included in README.rst

{{ project_name }}

Getting Started

To bootstrap the project on a Ubuntu machine with PostgreSQL:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential python2.7-dev postgresql postgresql-server-dev-all
$ mkvirtualenv {{ project_name }}
$ workon {{ project_name }}
$ cd path/to/{{ project_name }}
$ pip install -r requirements/dev.txt
$ cp {{ project_name }}/settings/local-example.py {{ project_name }}/settings/local.py
$ ./manage.py syncdb --migrate