Created: 2014-05-19 15:08
Updated: 2014-05-20 12:38

#LaravelCP #####A modular control panel written in PHP using Laravel 4, jQuery 2, Bootstrap 3 & FontAwesome 4. (starter site) Build Status Follow us @laravelcp,, original fork from laravel4-starter-kit


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  • jQuery 2.1.1, Bootstrap 3.1.1, FontAwesome 4.0.3
  • Drag & Drop dashboard
  • Extendable, make it how you want without editing the core!
  • BootSwatch Themed
  • User notes,profiles, suspending, cancellation ( instant, timed and reversal )
  • To-do list
  • Smart search, search as you type, searches multiple tables, prepend search string with table name (users example) will search that table only
  • User e-mailing, single and mass w/ attachments
  • RESTful API, extreamly easy to use!

Including jQuery/Bootstrap packages:

Including L4 packages:

Available Plugins


We hope users will extend the application instead of modifying its core components. This will allow the application to grow depending on community support. If you do make changes to the core components consider forking and and making pull requests with your changes. Read more here

Short install

###Want more detail? Review the original directions at the bottom

  • Download the latest release
  • Extract the archive in your web-based folder (that is ready to host a laravel app) -- LaravelCP comes with .htaccess and a web.config to route your urls properly
  • Edit app/config - database.php, mail.php, packages/atticmedia/anvard/hybridauth.php - add your settings
  • Install, migrate and seed
    composer install --dev
    php artisan migrate
    php artisan db:seed

You're done!

Browse to your folder, /public/ and click login! Default login is with the password admin

How you can help!

If you like the project I really need help with the phpunit testing stuff, so feel free to contribute there first :D

Have a suggestion? Post it in the 'issues'.

From the forked repo:


Laravel 4 Bootstrap Starter Site is a sample application for beginning development with Laravel 4.

It began as a fork of laravel4-starter-kit taking the starter kit changing the included modules and adding a few as well.


  • Bootstrap 3.0.0
  • Custom Error Pages
    • 403 for forbidden page accesses
    • 404 for not found pages
    • 500 for internal server errors
  • Confide for Authentication and Authorization
  • Back-end
    • User and Role management
    • Manage blog posts and comments
    • WYSIWYG editor for post creation and editing.
    • DataTables dynamic table sorting and filtering.
    • Colorbox Lightbox jQuery modal popup.
  • Front-end
    • User login, registration, forgot password
    • User account area
    • Simple Blog functionality
  • Packages included:


See github issue list for current list.




PHP >= 5.4.0 (Entrust requires 5.4, this is an increase over Laravel's 5.3.7 requirement)
MCrypt PHP Extension

##How to install

Step 1: Get the code

Option 1: Git Clone

git clone git:// laravel

Option 2: Download the repository

Step 2: Use Composer to install dependencies

Option 1: Composer is not installed globally

cd laravel
curl -s | php
php composer.phar install --dev

Option 2: Composer is installed globally

cd laravel
composer install --dev

If you haven't already, you might want to make composer be installed globally for future ease of use.

Please note the use of the --dev flag.

Some packages used to preprocess and minify assests are required on the development environment.

When you deploy your project on a production environment you will want to upload the composer.lock file used on the development environment and only run php composer.phar install on the production server.

This will skip the development packages and ensure the version of the packages installed on the production server match those you developped on.

NEVER run php composer.phar update on your production server.

Step 3: Configure Environments

Laravel 4 will load configuration files depending on your environment. Basset will also build collections depending on this environment setting.

Open bootstrap/start.php and edit the following lines to match your settings. You want to be using your machine name in Windows and your hostname in OS X and Linux (type hostname in terminal). Using the machine name will allow the php artisan command to use the right configuration files as well.

$env = $app->detectEnvironment(array(

    'local' => array('your-local-machine-name'),
    'staging' => array('your-staging-machine-name'),
    'production' => array('your-production-machine-name'),


Now create the folder inside app/config that corresponds to the environment the code is deployed in. This will most likely be local when you first start a project.

You will now be copying the initial configuration file inside this folder before editing it. Let's start with app/config/app.php. So app/config/local/app.php will probably look something like this, as the rest of the configuration can be left to their defaults from the initial config file:


return array(

    'url' => 'http://myproject.local',

    'timezone' => 'UTC',

    'key' => 'YourSecretKey!!!',

    'providers' => array(
    [... Removed ...]
    /* Uncomment for use in development */
//     'Way\Generators\GeneratorsServiceProvider', // Generators
//     'Barryvdh\LaravelIdeHelper\IdeHelperServiceProvider', // IDE Helpers



Step 4: Configure Database

Now that you have the environment configured, you need to create a database configuration for it. Copy the file app/config/database.php in app/config/local and edit it to match your local database settings. You can remove all the parts that you have not changed as this configuration file will be loaded over the initial one.

Step 5: Configure Mailer

In the same fashion, copy the app/config/mail.php configuration file in app/config/local/mail.php. Now set the address and name from the from array in config/mail.php. Those will be used to send account confirmation and password reset emails to the users. If you don't set that registration will fail because it cannot send the confirmation email.

Step 6: Populate Database

Run these commands to create and populate Users table:

php artisan migrate
php artisan db:seed

Step 7: Set Encryption Key

In app/config/app.php

| Encryption Key
| This key is used by the Illuminate encrypter service and should be set
| to a random, long string, otherwise these encrypted values will not
| be safe. Make sure to change it before deploying any application!
'key' => 'YourSecretKey!!!',

You can use artisan to do this

php artisan key:generate --env=local

The --env option allows defining which environment you would like to apply the key generation. In our case, artisan generates your key in app/config/local/app.php and leaves 'YourSecretKey!!!' in app/config/app.php. Now it can be generated again when you move the project to another environment.

Step 8: Make sure app/storage is writable by your web server.

If permissions are set correctly:

chmod -R 775 app/storage

Should work, if not try

chmod -R 777 app/storage

Step 10: Start Page

User login with commenting permission

Navigate to your Laravel 4 website and login at /user/login:

username :
password : user

Create a new user at /user/create

Admin login

Navigate to /admin

password: admin

Application Structure

The structure of this starter site is the same as default Laravel 4 with one exception. This starter site adds a library folder. Which, houses application specific library files. The files within library could also be handled within a composer package, but is included here as an example.


For ease of development you'll want to enable a couple useful packages. This requires editing the app/config/app.php file.

    'providers' => array(


        /* Uncomment for use in development */
//        'Way\Generators\GeneratorsServiceProvider', // Generators
//        'Barryvdh\LaravelIdeHelper\IdeHelperServiceProvider', // IDE Helpers


Uncomment the Generators and IDE Helpers. Then you'll want to run a composer update with the dev flag.

php composer.phar update

This adds the generators and ide helpers. To make it build the ide helpers automatically you'll want to modify the post-update-cmd in composer.json

		"post-update-cmd": [
			"php artisan ide-helper:generate",
			"php artisan optimize"

Production Launch

By default debugging is enabled. Before you go to production you should disable debugging in app/config/app.php

    | Application Debug Mode
    | When your application is in debug mode, detailed error messages with
    | stack traces will be shown on every error that occurs within your
    | application. If disabled, a simple generic error page is shown.

    'debug' => false,


Styles are not displaying

You may need to recompile the assets for basset. This is easy to with one command.

php artisan basset:build

Site loading very slow

Are you running Windows??

Please try adjusting the basset configuration as show in this comment

In app/config/packages/jasonlewis/basset/config.php:

 $collection->directory('assets/js', function($collection)


 $collection->directory('assets/js', function($collection)

Included Package Information

Confide Authentication Solution

Used for the user auth and registration. In general for user controllers you'll want to use something like the following:


use Zizaco\Confide\ConfideUser;

class User extends ConfideUser {


For full usage see Zizaco/Confide Documentation

Entrust Role Solution

Entrust provides a flexible way to add Role-based Permissions to Laravel4.


use Zizaco\Entrust\EntrustRole;

class Role extends EntrustRole


For full usage see Zizaco/Entrust Documentation

Ardent - Used for handling repetitive validation tasks.

Self-validating, secure and smart models for Laravel 4's Eloquent ORM

For full usage see Ardent Documentation


A fluent extension to PHPs DateTime class.

printf("Right now is %s", Carbon::now()->toDateTimeString());
printf("Right now in Vancouver is %s", Carbon::now('America/Vancouver'));  //implicit __toString()
$tomorrow = Carbon::now()->addDay();
$lastWeek = Carbon::now()->subWeek();
$nextSummerOlympics = Carbon::createFromDate(2012)->addYears(4);

$officialDate = Carbon::now()->toRFC2822String();

$howOldAmI = Carbon::createFromDate(1975, 5, 21)->age;

$noonTodayLondonTime = Carbon::createFromTime(12, 0, 0, 'Europe/London');

$worldWillEnd = Carbon::createFromDate(2012, 12, 21, 'GMT');

For full usage see Carbon


A Better Asset Management package for Laravel.

Adding assets in the configuration file config/packages/jasonlewis/basset/config.php

'collections' => array(
        'public-css' => function($collection)

Compiling assets

$ php artisan basset:build

I would recommend using development collections for development instead of compiling .

For full usage see Using Basset by Jason Lewis


Simple presenter to wrap and render objects. Think of it of a way to modify an asset for the view layer only. Control the presentation in the presentation layer not in the model.

The core idea is the relationship between two classes: your model full of data and a presenter which works as a sort of wrapper to help with your views. For instance, if you have a User object you might have a UserPresenter presenter to go with it. To use it all you do is $userObject = new UserPresenter($userObject);. The $userObject will function the same unless a method is called that is a member of the UserPresenter. Another way to think of it is that any call that doesn't exist in the UserPresenter falls through to the original object.

For full usage see Presenter Readme

Laravel 4 Generators

Laravel 4 Generators package provides a variety of generators to speed up your development process. These generators include:

  • generate:model
  • generate:seed
  • generate:test
  • generate:view
  • generate:migration
  • generate:resource
  • generate:scaffold
  • generate:form
  • generate:test

For full usage see Laravel 4 Generators Readme


This is free software distributed under the terms of the MIT license

Additional information

Inspired by and based on laravel4-starter-kit

Any questions, feel free to contact me.

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