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Hardyakka developer theme

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Hardyakka see meaning is a HTML5 Boilerplate template for the SilverStripe CMS ( based on a similar idea used by other CMS' to provide all the default html objects you need to start creating a SilverStripe theme.


Installation instructions

  • Install SilverStripe
  • Either manual install: Run git clone in the /themes folder Or install by Composer: Run composer require mandrew/hardyakka and the theme will be installed
  • contains the following files from HTML5 boilerplate
    • apple-touch-icon.png
    • browserconfig.xml
    • crossdomain.xml
    • humans.txt
    • robots.txt
    • tile-wide.png
    • tile.png Unzip and transfer these Boilerplate files (if needed) into the main SilverStripe installation folder
  • Update the /mysite/_config/config.yml file to point to the 'hardyakka' theme e.g. SSViewer: theme: 'hardyakka'

Note: if you are going to use the style.css file then keep the blank layout.css file so the cms/layout.css styles aren't inherited into your template on a fresh install or instead rename the style.css file to layout.css so as to not cause these conflicts

  • Start building your website

Dont forget to:

  • Change the favicons.ico and apple touch icons
  • Update the google analytics code at the bottom of the file
  • Update the humans.txt, robots.txt, crossdomain.xml and browserconfig.xml files

Extend the base theme

Although HTML5 Boilerplate comes with css, you can follow the docs/ files to extend this theme and even get it working with twitter bootstrap if you want to.

Work the HTML5 Boilerplate build script magic

Note: This step isn't necessary to publish a SilverStripe site but if you wish to use the template build script that comes with HTML5 Boilerplate then follow the below steps (now located at Also these instructions are untested with the latest version so if you try this and have any changes then please submit a pull request with an update to these instructions.

Once you have finished building your website and you wish to create the final version using the build script:

  • Update the /build/config/ file in the 'Directory Structure' section to point to the correct theme files

dir.js = themes/hardyakka/js dir.css = themes/hardyakka/css dir.images = themes/hardyakka/images

  • if you want to create the publish folder outside of the main SilverStripe installation then add the following code to the properties file:

dir.publish = ../websitename-publish

  • Run the build script (cd into /build folder, run 'ant build' function) which creates the dir.publish folder
  • As a default SilverStripe installation already comes with a .htaccess file so merge .htaccess files together carefully
  • Transfer the dir.publish folder created by the build script to your server
  • Rename the folder to the origional project name so SilverStripe will work again
  • Run a dev/build?flush=1

If you have any issues with running the HTML5 Boilerplate build script then I'd advise watching the videos at the HTML5 Boilerplate website.


  • Turn this theme into a more automated installation of Boilerplate
  • Possibly intergrate it into a default SilverStripe installation


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