Existing ColdBox Application

Last updated 3 months ago

If you already have a ColdBox application and you wish to install ContentBox into it, you most definitely can.

System Requirements

Please note that ContentBox requires ColdBox 4.3+.

Step 1 : Dependencies

Since version 3.5.0, you can now simply issue a command in CommandBox to install the ContentBox module into an existing ColdBox application. Just open a box shell in the root of your ColdBox application and use the following command:

install contentbox production=true

This will install the ContentBox module with all of its dependencies under the /modules/contentbox folder and update your box.json with the appropriate dependency. That's it, next step!

Step 2 : Copy Over Installer (Optional)

If you need to execute the ContentBox installer for the first time, you will have to download the installer package from our download page. Extract the zip and copy over the modules/contentbox-installer folder into your modules folder.

Note We will create another installer approach in the future for this portion.

Step 3 : Application.cfc Updates

Now open your Application.cfc and you will add the following updates:

Mappings

// LOCATION MAPPINGS
this.mappings[ "/contentbox" ] = COLDBOX_APP_ROOT_PATH & "modules/contentbox";
// THE LOCATION OF THE ORM MODULE
this.mappings[ "/cborm" ] = this.mappings[ "/contentbox" ] & "/modules/contentbox-deps/modules/cborm";

ORM Settings

// ORM SETTINGS
this.ormEnabled = true;
this.ormSettings = {
// ENTITY LOCATIONS, ADD MORE LOCATIONS AS YOU SEE FIT
cfclocation=[ "models", "modules", "modules_app" ],
// DO NOT REMOVE THE FOLLOWING LINE OR AUTO-UPDATES MIGHT FAIL.
dbcreate = "update",
// FILL OUT: IF YOU WANT CHANGE SECONDARY CACHE, PLEASE UPDATE HERE
secondarycacheenabled = false,
cacheprovider = "ehCache",
// ORM SESSION MANAGEMENT SETTINGS, DO NOT CHANGE
logSQL = false,
flushAtRequestEnd = false,
autoManageSession = false,
// ORM EVENTS MUST BE TURNED ON FOR CONTENTBOX TO WORK
eventHandling = true,
eventHandler = "cborm.models.EventHandler",
// THIS IS ADDED SO OTHER CFML ENGINES CAN WORK WITH CONTENTBOX
skipCFCWithError = true
};

Step 4 : ColdBox.cfc Settings

We now move to the last step, open your application's ColdBox.cfc and you will add the following settings:

// ORM Module Configuration
orm = {
// Enable Injection
injection = {
enabled = true
}
};

That's it! Once all those settings, mappings and module installations are done you can now visit the installer module to continue with the installation process: http://localhost/index.cfm/cbinstaller

Danger Make sure you have the datasource created in your ColdFusion administrator or inline in your Application.cfc

Step 5 (Optional) : UI Route

By default ContentBox is in take over mode. Meaning that the UI module will intercept all calls made to the application and process them as pages or blog entries. If you DO NOT want this to happen, then you can segregate the UI module into a single entry point URL like blog or site or pages. You can do this by opening the following file: modules/contentbox-ui/ModuleConfig.cfc and looking for the following code:

// YOUR SES URL ENTRY POINT FOR CONTENTBOX, IF EMPTY IT WILL TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE APPLICATION
// IF YOU WANT TO SECTION OFF CONTENTBOX THEN FILL OUT AN SES ENTRY POINT LIKE /site OR /content
// BY DEFAULT IT TAKES OVER THE ENTIRE APPLICATION
this.entryPoint = "";

Now update the this.entryPoint to whatever you like the entry point URL to be. Restart the application and voila!