- Directory structure
- Version 2.0 changes
- Version 2.1.0 changes
- Version 2.2.0 changes
- Password strength guide
- Change log
Yii2-advanced-template is based on yii2-app-advanced created by yii2 core developers. There are several upgrades made to this template.
- This template has additional features listed in the next section.
- Application structure has been changed to be 'shared hosting friendly'.
GitHub source: Click to see
Forum topic: Click to ask
Demo page: Click to try
Tutorial: Click to learn
- Signup with/without account activation
- You can chose whether or not new users need to activate their account using email account activation system before they can log in. (see: backend/setting).
- Login using email/password or username/password combo.
- You can chose how users will login into system. They can log in either by using their username|password combo or email|password. (see: backend/setting).
- Rbac tables are installed with other migrations when you run
- RbacController's init() action will insert 4 roles and 5 permissions in our rbac tables created by migration.
- Roles can be easily assigned to users by administrators of the site (see: backend/user).
- Nice example of how to use rbac in your code is given in this application. See: BackendController.
- Users with editor+ roles can create articles.
- Session data is stored in database out of the box.
- System setting are stored in config/params.php file ( changes from v2 ).
- Theming is supported out of box.
- Translation is supported out of the box.
- Administrators and The Creator can manage users ( changes from v2 ).
- Password strength validation and strength meter.
- All functionalities of default advanced template are included in this template.
- Code is heavily commented out.
>Note: I am assuming that you know how to: install and use Composer, and install additional packages/drivers that may be needed for you to run everything on your system. In case you are new to all of this, you can check my guides for installing default yii2 application templates on Windows and Linux Ubuntu/Mint operating systems, posted on http://www.freetuts.org .
1) Create database that you are going to use for your application (you can use phpMyAdmin or any other tool you like).
2) Now open up your console and
` to your web root directory,
3) Run the Composer
composer create-project nenad/yii2-advanced-template advanced
4) Once template is downloaded, you need to initialize it in one of two environments: development (dev) or production (prod).
Change your working directory to
and executephp init
Type 0 for development, execute command, type yes to confirm, and execute.
5) Now you need to tell your application to use database that you have previously created. Open up main-local.php config file in
and adjust your connection credentials.
6) Back to the console. It is time to run yii migrations that will create necessary tables in our database. While you are inside
folder execute./yii migrate command
or if you are on Windows:
7) Execute rbac controller init action that will populate our rbac tables with default roles and permissions:
or if you are on Windows:
You are done, you can start your application in your browser.
To see frontend side of your application visit this url in your localhost:
To see backend side of your application visit this url in your localhost:localhost/advanced/backend
>Info: First user that signs up will get 'The Creator' (super admin) role. This is supposed to be you. This role have all possible super powers :) . Every other user that signs up after the first one will get 'member' role. Member is just normal authenticated user.
If you want to run tests you should create additional database that will be used to store your testing data. Usually testing database will have the same structure like the production one. I am assuming that you have Codeception installed globally, and that you know how to use it. Here is how you can set up everything easily:
1) Let's say that you have created database called
`. Go create the testing one called
2) Inside your
config file change database you are going to use toadvanced_tests
3) Open up your console and
` folder of your application.
4) Run the migrations again:
./yii migrate or if you are on Windows
5) Run rbac/init again:
./yii rbac/init or if you are on Windows
6) Now you can tell your application to use your
database again instead ofadvanced_tests
` config file again.
7) Now you are ready to tell Codeception to use
_protected/tests/codeception/config/config.php file tell your
8) Start your php server inside the root of your application:
php -S localhost:8080
9) To run tests written for frontend side of your application
, runcodecept build
` and then run your tests.
10) Take similar steps like in step 9 for backend and common tests.
Directory structure ¶
_protected backend assets/ contains backend assets definition config/ contains backend configurations controllers/ contains Web controller classes helpers/ contains helper classes models/ contains backend-specific model classes runtime/ contains files generated during runtime views/ contains view files for the Web application common config/ contains shared configurations mail/ contains view files for e-mails models/ contains model classes used in backend and frontend rbac/ contains role based access control classes console config/ contains console configurations controllers/ contains console controllers (commands) migrations/ contains database migrations models/ contains console-specific model classes runtime/ contains files generated during runtime environments contains environment-based overrides frontend assets/ contains frontend assets definition config/ contains frontend configurations controllers/ contains Web controller classes models/ contains frontend-specific model classes runtime/ contains files generated during runtime views/ contains view files for the Web application widgets/ contains frontend widgets assets contains application assets generated during runtime backend contains the entry script and Web resources for backend themes contains frontend themes
Version 2.0 changes ¶
1) settings are stored in config/params.php configuration file to reduce database load
2) account update is merged with user management and user management is more powerful now
3) User model has been separated on UserIdentity and User (for easier understanding and use)
4) 4 beautiful bootstrap responsive themes are included out of the box
5) comment style is changed according to yii2 official style
6) tests has been rewritten according to the changes that has been made
7) a lot of other polishing has been done
Version 2.1.0 changes ¶
1) option to CRUD articles ( posts ) has been added
2) translation support has been included and Serbian translation has been added
3) themes have been improved
4) new roles, permissions and rules are added
5) other code refactoring has been done
Version 2.2.0 changes ¶
1) Adds uploads folder to the application root that can be shared by both frontend and backend applications.
2) Adds, @uploads alias has been added, so you can use it in your code ( will target your_app_name/uploads folder )
3) Additional translations are included. Thanks to MeFuMo and hior
4) Alert widget call is added to backend main.php layout
5) Minor fixes
Password strength guide ¶
Since 1.1.1 version has been released, password strength extension has been included as a core part of improved templates. Usage is very simple:
In our signup, user create/update and password reset forms password strength meter is always displayed when users are entering their password. This will give them visual representation of their password strength.
But this is not all. As The Creator you have option in your settings "Force Strong Password" that you can use. If you turn it on, users will be forced to use strong passwords according to preset you chose. For example if you use normal preset, users will be forced to use at least 8 characters long password, with at least one upper-case and one lower-case letter, plus at least one digit.
Since version 2 settings are stored in config/params.php file!
By default normal preset is used for signup and user create/update forms. For password reset we are using 'reset' preset if you want to customize which presets is used, see SignupForm model, User model and ResetPasswordForm model. You will see rules declared for using strong passwords. Presets are located in
`. You can chose some other preset declared in presets.php, or create new ones.
Change log ¶
Version 2.2.0 - Summary is given in separate section of this guide.
Version 2.1.1 - Removes password reset link from backend login form.
Version 2.1.0 - Summary is given in separate section of this guide.
Version 2.0.2 - Adds fix for multiple flashes bug. Described here
Version 2.0.1 - Just few small cosmetic changes.
Version 2.0.0 - summary is given in separate section of this guide.
Version 1.2.3 - Optimizes password strength for mobile devices.
Version 1.2.2 - Fixes 404 issue that some people have on some systems.
Version 1.2.1 - Fixes issue #2 (for PostgreSQL users). Plus adds small typos and code fixes.
Version 1.2.0 - changes the way of using themes. Instead of specifying which theme you want to use in common/config/main.php, now you will have separate settings in frontend/config/main.php and backend/config/main.php where you will have to specify which theme you want to use for your frontend and which for backend application.
I'll try this as soon as possible (if you add a part - optionnal - for REST API in addition of Frontend & Backend, that would be paradise ^^).
What exactly would you like to see in this template ?
yii2 is restful by default but the official guide advise to create a third part (like frontend & backend).
I'd love having this third part (simple) architectured in this template (even if, this is just a skelton or with configuration in comments)
Ok I get it.
Since in many applications providing web service is not needed, maybe I can create some template that is specialized in providing Restful web service beside normal web application.
First, I want to create blog and e-commerce templates, after I am done with that, I will consider creating template that is specialized for working with REST services. Or even better, maybe I can create REST web service module that can be used in any other web application. I dont really know yet, because I have some other priorities at this moment, but I will have this in mind, it is good idea. You will be informed, thank your for your feedback.
Indeed, after thinking about, maybe a simple HowTo integrate the third part in your templates (globally) would be enough ^^
That doesn't really depend on my templates, it depends on third party tools you are using... If you can integrate them into default yii2 template, then you will not have any problems integrating them here too.
Thanks for your templates.
I pay more attention to your new templates about e-commerce. AWESOME!
When it will be released?
I don't know exactly, I am doing all of this in my free time :D. I will do my best to make it as soon as posible. Maybe in about a month, maybe more... I will not release it until I do it right.
Error in console commands
I had an issue trying to create new database migrations (yii migration/create). The console applications tries to use the theme which it can't locate.
Fixed by disabling them in console config
Fix for issue explained by Arno S is included in template
Thank you Arno S for reporting this issue. I have included your fix in template, everyone will get it now.
I like the change you made in the directory style, I find that a bit more logical.
I do wonder why you chose to adopt a different commenting style (I'd stay close to how Gii generates it), not to use the Gridview widget and chose to implement your own variant of the Grid (in backend/users and settings) which seems unnecessarily complex.
Wouldn't it be better to keep as close as possible to the 'standard' Yii components (since you're advertising this as a template) to better 'teach' a starting user how simple these things can be done with the standard components?
In my oppinion this style of comments makes code much more readable. I wanted to make code easy to read and follow for people who are using template. That is why I use different codding and commenting style. The one that Yii is officially using is so hard to read and follow.
Yii grids are hard to customize in the level I wanted them to look like. Like putting your own buttons, coloring roles and user status, boolean values and so on. Maybe you can customize all of that in yii grids, but it will require higher ammount of code than when you use your custom solution. My grids are good examples how you can use your custom code, without relying too much on Gii tool.
For our clients Users and Settings are very nicely displayed, easy to understand and use, which is our priority as developers.
For developers who use my templates code is easy to read and understand. All upgrades that you will make to template you can do however you like.
Customizing the grid
I can respect the comment thing, although I disagree. You also made yourself a nice version of the grid.
I do however feel that customizing the grid shouldn't take a lot of code. I've changed your users page with a dataprovider/grid combination like so:
In your controller you are missing code to prevent admin from seeing The Creator in Users list, admin should not mess with The Creator. Also in your view, role and status coloring are not displayed correctly, and role and status columns are not sortable. But you are going in good direction.
Yep, it's not entirely the same, I agree. The issues you mention are easily fixed though. I just wanted to show that Yii grids aren't hard to customize.
Update Own Rule
Thanks Your template helped me a lot!
Could you also implement a bizz rule.
like update own.
Maybe you could create one simple table (posts; id, user_id, post)
And then a member should be able to change his own post...
Then we (I) can also see how to implement a bizz rule!
Thanks in advance!!
That was meant to be a part of much bigger system that I am going to create, but in the meantime I guess that I can make some tutorial about it. I am very busy these days, but as soon as I find some free time I will do it.
Tutorial on Rbac
You have implemented RBAC in this theme, its great, if you write some tutorial on how you Implement RBAC in this theme then it will be very helpful for Yii2 community.
Tutorial is here.
If you have any questions, please ask in the forum instead.
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