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File Based Website

File based website makes sense for two use cases:

  1. You want to store basic content like domain, pages, page contents and files in a version control system.
  2. You want to manage basic content through yml and mainly markdown files, without using the administration page editor.

The latter is good for simple websites, where several people are involved and deployment is done using a version control system checkout.

In Jarves, file based websites aren't really a static page with only files, because there is still a database behind Jarves. However, Jarves provides you an export and an import command you can use to give you the advantages of a static page site. If you want to use Jarves completely without database server, you can chose sqlite as database.

Export website

php bin/console jarves:content:export exports into app/jarves/website/<domainName>/ all your domains, pages, page contents and file references (files itself are no included, but in web/ which need to be stored either in git or other services).

The structure is like below:

$ tree app/jarves/website/
│   ├── documentation
│   │   ├── configuration.yml
│   │   ├── content-types.yml
│   │   ├── cook-book
│   │   │   └── static-page.yml
│   │   ├── fields.yml
│   │   ├── quick-start
│   │   │   ├── create-a-theme.yml
│   │   │   ├── installation.yml
│   │   │   ├── screenshots.yml
│   │   │   └── test-suite.yml
│   │   ├── quick-start.yml
│   │   ├── template
│   │   │   ├── contents.yml
│   │   │   ├── loadAsset.yml
│   │   │   └── navigation.yml
│   │   └── template.yml
│   ├── documentation.yml
│   ├── download.yml
│   ├── home
│   │   └── article.yml
│   ├── home.yml
│   ├── news.yml
│   └── support.yml

On the first level are all domains with a <domainName>.yml file and a folder <domainName>/.

In the domain.yml file is the domain object as yml format. Please note: What you define here is a domain object, which reference can be found at objects/domain.

lang: en
master: true
resourceCompression: false
path: /
searchIndexKey: ba405fabbf88b918cd4f8ff5fa9da6fd
theme: jarves
titleFormat: '%title% | Jarves - The Symfony CMS and RAD Framework'
startnode: home

Please note: startnode has here a special meaning: Its a file reference to a page yml. home means <domainName>/home.yml, whereas home/article means <domainName>/home/article.yml. Make sure here is stored the correct reference otherwise your domain does not have a startnode and will therefore return no website at the front end. (if you have other routes defined like in the pre installed AppBundle, you will see the hello world of Symfony)

All above the first level are the actual pages with its content. The file name and its path (folder structure) represent the url stucture of your site.

A .yml in the <domainName>/ folder could look like below. Please note: What you define here is a node object, which reference can be found at objects/node.

title: Static Page
layout: documentation
sort: 1
        boxId: 1
        type: markdown
        content: |
          # Static Page

          My markdown content ....
        boxId: 1
        type: html
        content: |
          My <strong>HTML Content</strong> ...

Note: boxId: 1 means that those contents are rendered in layouts that used contents placeholder, in this case {{ contents 1 }}.

Since typicall file systems do not know any order, you can add sort: <int> as page property to sort all pages correctly.

Import website

Once you either have written down the structure in app/jarves/website on your own, or added all structure with the Jarves administration and exported it then, you can import you website.

php bin/console jarves:content:import

Jarves parses all the files, removes all pages and places in the database the pages and content found in the yml files.

Using this method, you can like it does, store the whole website in a git repository.

More examples can be found in the repository at

Sync website

Once you have imported your website, you can edit all content in the Jarves administration. Once you have changed some stuff and thing your website is ready to be saved in a git for example, you can run everytime php bin/console jarves:content:exportto export your current state. In git you can see all changes usinggit diff` in the console, and commit your changes at wish.

Found a typo? The website is based on Markdown, please feel free to send us a pull request! :)