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About nystudio107/craft

This is an alternate scaffolding package for Craft 3 CMS projects to Pixel & Tonic's canonical craftcms/craft package.

Vite buildchain

This project uses a Vite.js for the build system as per Vite.js Next Generation Frontend Tooling + Craft CMS, as opposed to the usual webpack buildchain.

Vite is fast

The project

The project is based on Craft CMS using a unique templates/_boilerplate system for web/AJAX/AMP pages, and implements a number of technologies/techniques:

...and probably a bunch of other stuff too.

The following Craft CMS plugins are used on this site:

  • FastCGI Cache Bust - to bust the FastCGI cache whenever entries are modified
  • ImageOptimize - for the optimized images and srcsets used on the site
  • Minify - to minify the HTML and inline JS/CSS
  • Retour - for setting up 404 redirects
  • SEOmatic - for handling site-side SEO
  • Vite - for loading Vite-generated manifest.json resources in a modern way
  • Typogrify - for smart quotes and other typographic ligatures
  • Webperf - for monitoring web performance

You can read more about it in the Setting up a New Craft 3 CMS Project article.

Using nystudio107/craft

This project package works exactly the way Pixel & Tonic's craftcms/craft package works; you create a new project by first creating & installing the project:

composer create-project nystudio107/craft PATH --no-install

Make sure that PATH is the path to your project, including the name you want for the project, e.g.:

composer create-project nystudio107/craft craft3 --no-install

We use --no-install so that the composer packages for the root project are not installed.

Setting Up Local Dev

You'll need Docker desktop for your platform installed to run devMode in local development

Ensure no other local development environments are running that might have port conflicts, then:

  • Start up the site by typing make dev in terminal in the project's root directory (the first build will be somewhat lengthy)
  • Navigate to http://localhost:8000 to use the site; the vite-dev-server runs off of http://localhost:3000

Wait until you see the following to indicate that the PHP container is ready:

php_1         | Craft is installed.
php_1         | Applying changes from your project config files ... done
php_1         | [01-Dec-2020 18:38:46] NOTICE: fpm is running, pid 22
php_1         | [01-Dec-2020 18:38:46] NOTICE: ready to handle connections

...and the following to indicate that the Vite container is ready:

vite_1        |   vite v2.3.2 dev server running at:
vite_1        |
vite_1        |   > Local:    http://localhost:3000/
vite_1        |   > Network:
vite_1        |
vite_1        |   ready in 1573ms.

The CP login credentials are initially set as follows:

Password: letmein

Obviously change these to whatever you like as needed.

Build the production assets by typing make build to build the critical CSS, fonts, and other production assets. They will appear in cms/web/dist/ (just double-click on the report-legacy.html and report-modern.html files to view them).

N.B.: Without authorization & credentials (which are private), the make pulldb will not work (it just runs scripts/ It's provided here for instructional purposes.

Makefile Project Commands

This project uses Docker to shrink-wrap the devops it needs to run around the project.

To make using it easier, we're using a Makefile and the built-in make utility to create local aliases. You can run the following from terminal in the project directory:

  • make dev - starts up the local dev server listening on http://localhost:8000/
  • make build - builds the static assets via the Vite buildchain
  • make clean - removes the cms/composer.lock & the entire cms/vendor/ directory as well as the buildchain/package-lock.json & the entire buildchain/node_modules/ directory
  • make composer xxx - runs the composer command passed in, e.g. make composer install
  • make craft xxx - runs the craft console command passed in, e.g. make craft project-config/apply in the php container
  • make npm xxx - runs the npm command passed in, e.g. make npm install
  • make nuke - restarts the project from scratch by running make clean (above), then shuts down the Docker containers, removes any mounted volumes (including the database), and then rebuilds the containers from scratch
  • make pulldb - runs the scripts/ script to pull a remote database into the database container; the scripts/ must be set up first
  • make restoredb xxx - runs the scripts/ script to restore a local database dump into the database container; the scripts/ must be set up first
  • make ssh - opens up a Unix shell inside the PHP container for the project

Tip: If you try a command like make craft project-config/apply --force you’ll see an error, because the shell thinks the --force flag should be applied to the make command. To side-step this, use the -- (double-dash) to disable further option processing, like this: make -- craft project-config/apply --force

Other notes

To use Xdebug with VSCode install the PHP Debug extension and use the following configuration in your .vscode/launch.json:

    "version": "0.2.0",
    "configurations": [
            "name": "Listen for Xdebug",
            "type": "php",
            "request": "launch",
            "port": 9003,
            "log": true,
            "externalConsole": false,
            "pathMappings": {
                "/var/www/project/cms": "${workspaceRoot}/cms"
            "ignore": ["**/vendor/**/*.php"]

Below is the entire intact, unmodified from Pixel & Tonic's craftcms/craft:


  • Update to Tailwind CSS ^3.0.0


Craft CMS

About Craft CMS

Craft is a flexible and scalable CMS for creating bespoke digital experiences on the web and beyond.

It features:

Learn more about it at

Tech Specs

Craft is written in PHP (7+), and built on the Yii 2 framework. It can connect to MySQL (5.5+) and PostgreSQL (9.5+) for content storage.


See the following documentation pages for help installing Craft 3:

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