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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.

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
  • Twigpack - for loading webpack-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

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

Setting Up Local Dev

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

  • Set up a .env file in the cms/ directory, based off of the provided example.env
  • Set up a file in the scripts/ directory, based off of the provided
  • Start up the site with docker-compose up (the first build will be somewhat lengthy)
  • Navigate to http://localhost:8000 to use the site; the webpack-dev-server runs off of http://localhost:8080

The CP login credentials are initially set as follows:

Password: letmein

Obviously change these to whatever you like as needed

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

To update to the latest Composer packages (as constrained by the cms/composer.json semvers), do:

rm cms/composer.lock
docker-compose up

To update to the latest npm packages (as constrained by the buildchain/package.json semvers), do:

rm buildchain/package-lock.json
docker-compose up

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:


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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