A website and user system (Express/Backbone)
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Latest commit cbd7cf3 May 10, 2016 @jedireza 0.18.0



A website and user system starter. Implemented with Express and Backbone.

Dependency Status devDependency Status


Server side, Drywall is built with the Express framework. We're using MongoDB as a data store.

The front-end is built with Backbone. We're using Grunt for the asset pipeline.

On The Server On The Client Development
Express Bootstrap Grunt
Jade Backbone.js
Mongoose jQuery
Passport Underscore.js
Async Font-Awesome
EmailJS Moment.js

Live demo

Platform Username Password
https://drywall.herokuapp.com/ root h3r00t

Note: The live demo has been modified so you cannot change the root user, the root user's linked admin role or the root admin group. This was done in order to keep the app ready to use at all times.


You need Node.js and MongoDB installed and running.

We use bcrypt for hashing secrets. If you have issues during installation related to bcrypt then refer to this wiki page.

We use emailjs for email transport. If you have issues sending email refer to this wiki page.


$ git clone git@github.com:jedireza/drywall.git && cd ./drywall
$ npm install


First you need to setup your config file.

$ mv ./config.example.js ./config.js #set mongodb and email credentials

Next, you need a few records in the database to start using the user system.

Run these commands on mongo via the terminal. Obviously you should use your email address.

use drywall; // or your mongo db name if different
db.admingroups.insert({ _id: 'root', name: 'Root' });
db.admins.insert({ name: {first: 'Root', last: 'Admin', full: 'Root Admin'}, groups: ['root'] });
var rootAdmin = db.admins.findOne();
db.users.save({ username: 'root', isActive: 'yes', email: 'your@email.addy', roles: {admin: rootAdmin._id} });
var rootUser = db.users.findOne();
rootAdmin.user = { id: rootUser._id, name: rootUser.username };

Running the app

$ npm start

# > Drywall@0.0.0 start /Users/jedireza/projects/jedireza/drywall
# > grunt

# Running "copy:vendor" (copy) task
# ...

# Running "concurrent:dev" (concurrent) task
# Running "watch" task
# Running "nodemon:dev" (nodemon) task
# Waiting...
# [nodemon] v1.3.7
# [nodemon] to restart at any time, enter `rs`
# [nodemon] watching: *.*
# [nodemon] starting `node app.js`
# Server is running on port 3000

Now just use the reset password feature to set a password.

  • Go to http://localhost:3000/login/forgot/
  • Submit your email address and wait a second.
  • Go check your email and get the reset link.
  • http://localhost:3000/login/reset/:email/:token/
  • Set a new password.

Login. Customize. Enjoy.


  • Create a website and user system.
  • Write code in a simple and consistent way.
  • Only create minor utilities or plugins to avoid repetitiveness.
  • Find and use good tools.
  • Use tools in their native/default behavior.


  • Basic front end web pages.
  • Contact page has form to email.
  • Login system with forgot password and reset password.
  • Signup and Login with Facebook, Twitter, GitHub, Google and Tumblr.
  • Optional email verification during signup flow.
  • User system with separate account and admin roles.
  • Admin groups with shared permission settings.
  • Administrator level permissions that override group permissions.
  • Global admin quick search component.

Questions and contributing

Any issues or questions (no matter how basic), open an issue. Please take the initiative to include basic debugging information like operating system and relevant version details such as:

$ npm version

# { drywall: '0.0.0',
#   npm: '2.5.1',
#   http_parser: '2.3',
#   modules: '14',
#   node: '0.12.0',
#   openssl: '1.0.1l',
#   uv: '1.0.2',
#   v8: '3.28.73',
#   zlib: '1.2.8' }

Contributions are welcome. Your code should:

  • pass $ grunt lint without error

If you're changing something non-trivial, you may want to submit an issue first.