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SS/PHP Newb Questions (Boostrap Port?)

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Community Member, 1 Post

31 August 2013 at 5:24pm

Hi, all.

I decided to go with Silverstripe as the main CMS for my budding design business (I'm a respiratory therapist in the middle of a computer programming track at uni -- I'm solid with HTML/CSS. Moonlighting with design to supplement, and because it's fun). It's definitely overkill for my personal site, but I'm in the process of taking a ton of PHP/MySQL classes, and I like the idea of starting to learn on a framework that has the muscle to remain functional as I grow in my PHP skills.

In ANY case, I have the book on order, but wanted to know what the best place to start might be. On my local system, I've built up a rather appealing version of what I want my site to look like. I used a heavily customized boostrap theme, and ended up with basically a single page layout with a slider landing page.

I'm planning to split it out into multiple pages, but I'm trying to figure out just where to START finding the best way to port over as much structure as I can into the SS Way. Would it be worthwhile to implement a basic bootstrap theme from the themes page, then see what I can port over from my customized CSS files? Also there's a ton of jQuery involved. Same situation?

I realize this is just a general vague, "Huh??!?" style question, so I'll try to make it into something more answerable. What is the best way/resource/etc in regards to importing an existing HTML/CSS/jQuery site into a Silverstripe site? I have no real problem with starting from scratch, but I really like the way things work as I have them and I don't mind the process of learning as I go to build a SS equivalent.

Sorry so general, but I jumped into the deep end without water wings, haha. Any tips, articles, forum posts, etc. greatly appreciated.


Community Member, 107 Posts

1 September 2013 at 8:07pm

Here are some links that can help you.

SS Help & Support:

Custom Google search to search SS API & Blogs

List of SS3 Modules (you could find more but this list is a good start):

SilverScoop for some SS news:

Also, the book is out of date (its for SS2.4). You best bet is to use the tutorials & blogs untill a SS3 Book comes out.