- Why yii2-app-practical-a?
- Some Key Additions
- Directory structure
- Getting Started
Since its based on the yii2-advanced template it is suitable for developing complex Web applications
with multiple tiers. The template allows a practical method to directly access the
frontend from the
approot and backend from
The template includes three tiers: front end, back end, and console, each of which is a separate Yii application.
The template is designed to work in a team development environment. It supports deploying the application in different environments.
Why yii2-app-practical-a? ¶
After installing a
app, in the yii2-advanced application you normally would access the
frontend and backend by:
However, in many practical scenarios (especially on shared hosts) one would want their users to directly access frontend and backend as:
yii2-app-practical-a enables you to achieve just that by carefully moving and rearranging the
bootstrap files and web components of frontend to work directly out of the app root and backend out
backend/web folders are entirely eliminated and one can
directly access the application frontend this way:
and backend this way
All other aspects of the app configuration remain the same as the yii2-advanced app. The
will remain as is. The frontend config, assets, models, controllers, views, widgets and components, will still reside within
frontend directory. The backend config, assets, models, controllers, views, widgets and components, will still reside within
backend directory. It is just the web access that is moved out to app root for frontend and to the backend root folder for
Note: This template offers a solution for developers running their app on a SHARED HOST or having complex needs to work with multiple subdomains without having any ability on their HOST to control the different webroots for different apps.
Some Key Additions ¶
- The template has some security preconfigured for users with Apache web servers. It has a default
.htaccesssecurity configuration setup.
- The template has prettyUrl enabled by default and the changes have been made to
.htaccessas well as
urlManagercomponent config in the common config directory.
Directory structure ¶
The minimum requirement by this application template is that your Web server supports PHP 5.4.0.
Install from an Archive File ¶
Note: When using a archive file method, the vendor folder is not automatically created. You must extract the yii2-advanced vendor folder from here. Then you must copy this folder directly under the app root (i.e.
After this is complete, follow the instructions given in "GETTING STARTED".
Install via Composer ¶
You can then install the application using the following command:
php composer.phar create-project --prefer-dist --stability=dev kartik-v/yii2-app-practical-a practical-a
Getting Started ¶
After you install the application, you have to conduct the following steps to initialize the installed application. You only need to do these once for all.
- Run command
initto initialize the application with a specific environment.
- Create a new database and adjust the
- Apply migrations with console command
yii migrate. This will create tables needed for the application to work.
- Set document roots of your Web server:
- for frontend
/path/to/yii-application/and using the URL
- for backend
/path/to/yii-application/backend/web/and using the URL
Frontend Access: Just navigate to
practical-a is your app name folder under web root).
Backend Access: Just navigate to
practical-a is your app name folder under web root).
To login into the application, you need to first sign up, with any of your email address, username and password. Then, you can login into the application with same email address and password at any time.
Install additional composer packages:
php composer.phar require --dev "codeception/codeception: 1.8.*@dev" "codeception/specify: *" "codeception/verify: *"
This application boilerplate use database in testing, so you should create three databases that are used in tests:
yii2_practical-a_unit- database for unit tests;
yii2_practical-a_functional- database for functional tests;
yii2_practical-a_acceptance- database for acceptance tests.
To make your database up to date, you can run in needed test folder
yii migrate, for example
if you are starting from
frontend tests then you should run
yii migrate in each suite folder
it will upgrade your database to the last state according migrations.
To be able to run acceptance tests you need a running webserver. For this you can use the php builtin server and run it in the directory where your main project folder is located. For example if your application is located in
/www/practical all you need to is:
cd /www and then
php -S 127.0.0.1:8080 because the default configuration of acceptance tests expects the url of the application to be
If you already have a server configured or your application is not located in a folder called
practical, you may need to adjust the
After that is done you should be able to run your tests, for example to run
frontend tests do:
In similar way you can run tests for other application tiers -
You also can adjust you application suite configs and
_bootstrap.php settings to use other urls and files, as it is can be done in
You can view the documentation and submit your comments.
yii2-app-practical-a is released under the BSD 3-Clause License. See the bundled
LICENSE.md for details.