Quick Overview

Technical Background

The current website is built on the Sitetheory.io platform, and implements Angular as a javascript framework to handle model management and interact with the Sitetheory API. Sitetheory is built using PHP on the Symfony framework and utilizes Doctrine for database and entity management. Sitetheory is a CMS and framework that manages page requests on the server side. The current URL determines the correct Content (page) to load. Each Content is associated with a specific Content Type, e.g. Article, Profile, Landing Page Stream, etc. Sitetheory will load the correct controller for the current Content Type, as well as the correct Twig template. As a designer, you don’t need to worry about most of that, you can just customize the template for a given page. You’ll have access to do fancy stuff through Angular if you need to create lists or inputs. And if you need to get more fancy, you can code custom javascript or load third party libraries directly from the template.

See the [Sitetheory Docs](http://docs.sitetheory.io/index.html) for more details, and from there access specifics about the API and the Stratus javascript framework. Sitetheory is a private SaaS platform for building simple or complex websites. The platform is still in development, so documentation is incomplete, but we’re working to improve it every day.


Anything can be customized, by adding a custom version of the file in your vhost by mimicing the exact file structure of the content type ([vendor]/[bundle]/Resources/views/[file]).

Customize Shell

The site is assigned to a specific theme, which in this case is the Custom theme (which is a blank slate that allows easy customization). By default every page is assigned to a basic shell design (shell.html.twig) which determines the look/feel of the theme. But you can edit any given page (from the CMS Admin > Content > Edit > Settings) and select an alternative shell that is available for this theme (You can customize existing shells or create new shells for a theme as well).

If you are assigned to the Custom theme, you can create a customize version of the shell.html.twig inside the TemplateCustomBundle, which is located in Sitetheory/TemplateCustomBundle/Resources/views/shell/shell.html.twig. This extends Sitetheory’s base shell template [Sitetheory/TemplateBundle/Resources/views/shell.html.twig](https://github.com/gutensite/Sitetheory/blob/1.0/src/Sitetheory/TemplateBundle/Resources/views/shell.html.twig) which already establishes the main structure of a template. This core shell template in turn that extends the HTML base template [Sitetheory/CoreBundle/Resources/views/base.html.twig](https://github.com/gutensite/Sitetheory/blob/1.0/src/Sitetheory/CoreBundle/Resources/views/base.html.twig). Reviewing the parent templates will show you which Twig blocks can be extended.

Customize Pages

Every page is a “Content” which is assigned to a Content Type, e.g. Article, Profile, etc. To customize the look of all Articles, just add a file called /Sitetheory/ArticleBundle/Resources/views/Article.html.twig. To customize one specific Article, get the unique content ID of that article (from the admin url ?id=xxxx, or in the dev toolbar) and add a file called /Sitetheory/ArticleBundle/Resources/views/Article[ID].html.twig where “[ID]” is the content ID.


Create New Custom Page

  1. Create New Page.** Create new “Article” in the Sitetheory Admin > [Content section](https://admin.sitetheory.io/Content)
  2. Customize Design.** Create a custom template file for that specific Article (see example above).