Skip to content

HTTPS clone URL

Subversion checkout URL

You can clone with HTTPS or Subversion.

Download ZIP
PHP JavaScript Scheme CSS

Fetching latest commit…

Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time

Failed to load latest commit information.
.tx
_config
code
css
docs/en
images
javascript
lang
templates
tests
.gitignore
.travis.yml
CHANGELOG
LICENSE
README.md
_config.php
composer.json

README.md

Subsites Module

Build Status

Introduction

The subsites module allows multiple websites to run from a single installation of SilverStripe, and share users, content, and assets between them. A useful way to think of its use is where you have a business with a global headquarters and four branches in various countries. The subsites module allows the five offices to use a single SilverStripe installation, and have information from the headquarters flow down into the branches. The branches can have separate users/admins, and information that is individual. The website templates can also be different.

Requirements

  • SilverStripe 3.1

Installation

  • Create necessary tables by visiting http://<yoursite>/dev/build (you should see a Subsite table created, among other things). You don't need to run this command for every subsite.
  • Login to the CMS as an administrator. You should now see a "Subsites" entry on the main menu, access that section now.
  • Hit the "Add Subsite" button to create a new subsite.
  • Once you've created a subsite, you'll see a "Create Subsite Domain" button, hit that button to enter a domain or subdomain for your subsite. This will determine the URL of your website. For example, if your site is running on http://localhost/mysite, and you set the subdomain to "subsite", then your subsite will be accessible on http://subsite.localhost/mysite
  • Go to the "Pages" section of the CMS. In the top-left above the menu, you'll see a dropdown listing the two subsites - "Main site" is the original site that you had before you installed the subsites module. Select your new subsite, and the site content tree will be changed. It should be empty at this stage.
  • Add a page - change its title to "Home", and its URL Segment will be changed to "home". Save the page.
  • Update your DNS and, if necessary, your webserver configuration, so that your subdomain will point to the SilverStripe installation on your webserver. Visit this new subdomain. You should see the new subsite homepage.

Usage

Limit allowed domains

You can list available domains for your subsites (Example: subdomain.''domain''.tld). The subsites are generally identified only by their subdomain part (Example: ''subdomain''.domain.tld).

This example would let you create subsites such as ''wellington.mycompany.com'' or ''london.mycompany.org''

mysite/_config.php

:::php
Subsite::set_allowed_domains(array(
   'mycompany.com',
   'mycompany.org'
));

If you would like to be able to choose any domain for your subsite, rather than subdomains off a common base, then list top-level domains in your set_allowed_domains() list.

In this example, your subsite name (e.g. ''silverstripe''), will be appended to a much shorter base domain (e.g. ''co.nz'', or ''org''). This would let you create subsites with domains such as ''silverstripe.org'' or ''example.co.nz''

mysite/_config.php

:::php
Subsite::set_allowed_domains(array(
   'com',
   'org',
   'co.nz',
   'org.nz',
));

You can mix the two together, if you want to have some subsites hosted off subdomains of your mail site, and some subsites hosted off their own domains. In this example, you could set up subsites at ''wellington.example.com'', ''othersite.co.nz'', or ''thirdsite.org''.

mysite/_config.php

:::php
Subsite::set_allowed_domains(array(
   'example.com',
   'com',
   'org',
   'co.nz',
   'org.nz',
));

Note that every site also has a ''www.''-prefixed version of the domain available. For example, if your subsite is accessible from ''wellington.example.org'' then it will also be accessible from '''www.wellington.example.org''.

Strict Subdomain Matching

The module tries to provide sensible defaults, in which it regards example.com and www.example.com as the same domains. In case you want to distinguish between these variations, set Subsite::$strict_subdomain_matching to TRUE. This won't affect wildcard/asterisk checks, but removes the ambiguity about default subdomains.

Permissions

Groups can be associated with one or more subsites, in which case the granted permissions only apply to this subsite. Even the ADMIN permission only grants super-user rights on certain subsites by default. If you want to create a super-user regardless of subsites association, please use the Group.AccessAllSubsites property ("Give this group access to all subsites"), together with the ADMIN permission.

Access created domains

Once you have created some subsites/domains in your admin, you can check the overall functionality of subsites by

http://your.primary-domain.com/subsite-metadata-url?SubsiteID=1

In some Browsers the SubsiteID is visible if you hover over the "Edit" link in the search results of Subsite admin.

Subsite-specific themes

Download a second theme from http://www.silverstripe.com/themes/ and put it in your themes folder. Open admin/subsites?flush=1 and select one of your subsites from the menu on the bottom-left. You should see a Theme dropdown in the subsite details, and it should list both your original theme and the new theme. Select the new theme in the dropdown. Now, this subsite will use a different theme from the main site.

Limit available themes for a subsite

Not all themes might be suitable or adapted for all subsites. You can optionally limit usage of themes:

mysite/_config.php

:::php
Subsite::set_allowed_themes(array('blackcandy','mytheme'));

Enable Subsite support on DataObjects

To make your DataObject subsite aware, include a SubsiteID on your DataObject. eg:

MyDataObject.php

:::php
private static $has_one = array(
    'Subsite' => 'Subsite'
);

Include the current SubsiteID as a hidden field on getCMSFields, or updateCMSFields. eg:

MyDataObject.php

:::php
public function getCMSFields() {
    $fields = parent::getCMSFields();
    if(class_exists('Subsite')){
        $fields->push(new HiddenField('SubsiteID','SubsiteID', Subsite::currentSubsiteID()));
    }
    return $fields;
}

To limit your admin gridfields to the current Subsite records, you can do something like this:

MyAdmin.php

:::php
public function getEditForm($id = null, $fields = null){
    $form = parent::getEditForm($id, $fields);

    $gridField = $form->Fields()->fieldByName($this->sanitiseClassName($this->modelClass));
    if(class_exists('Subsite')){
        $list = $gridField->getList()->filter(array('SubsiteID'=>Subsite::currentSubsiteID()));
        $gridField->setList($list);
    }

    return $form;
}

Enable menu support for custom areas in subsites

Custom admin areas, by default, will not show in the menu of a subsite. Not all admins are adapted for or appropriate to show within a subsite. If your admin does have subsite support, or is intentionally global, you can enable the show in menu option either by applying:

mysite/_config.php

:::php
MyAdmin::add_extension('SubsiteMenuExtension');

or by defining the subsiteCMSShowInMenu function in your admin:

MyAdmin.php

:::php
public function subsiteCMSShowInMenu(){
    return true;
}

Public display of a subsite

By default, each subsite is available to the public (= not logged-in), provided a correct host mapping is set up. A subsite can be marked as non-public in its settings, in which case it only shows if a user with CMS permissions is logged in. This is useful to create and check subsites on a live system before publishing them.

Please note that you need to filter for this manually in your own queries:

$publicSubsites = DataObject::get(
    'Subsite',
    Subsite::$check_is_public ? '"IsPublic"=1' : '';
);

To ensure the logged-in status of a member is carried across to subdomains, you also need to configure PHP session cookies to be set for all subdomains:

// Example matching subsite1.example.org and www.example.org
Session::set_cookie_domain('.example.org');

Screenshots

Something went wrong with that request. Please try again.