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Starter Kit

TypedCMS' use of JSON:API specification compliant APIs make it really easy to integrate into any new or existing PHP project.

The TypedCMS Starter Kit for PHP is the perfect kick start to your implementation, whether for an existing project or brand new one. Our stater kits are tailored solutions for each platform, unlike the simple API wrappers offered by other vendors.

Our PHP kit provides Eloquent-like models and repositories that correspond to you TypedCMS blueprints and collections.

This kit does not provide a completely out-of-the-box solution for authorisation and is therefore recommended for more advanced users. For something a little easier, checkout our Starter Kit for Laravel.

GitHub Repository: https://github.com/TypedCMS/php-starter-kit

Quickstart Guide


  • PHP 8+

Add TypedCMS to Your Application

Getting started with the PHP kit is a pretty simple process, the only prerequisites are that you have a TypedCMS account with an OAuth Client Application configured. You'll also need to bring-your-own code for generating your OAuth credentials.

Install the Starter Kit

First, install the package via the Composer package manager:

composer require typedcms/php-starter-kit

Connect to TypedCMS

To connect, you'll need an OAuth Client Application registered in TypedCMS and some means of generating your credentials. This guide assumes you'll be writing this functionality yourself. If you'd like an example, checkout the typedcms:connect command provided by the TypedCMS Starter Kit for Laravel.

Next we need to configure our Starter Kit to use your authorised credentials.

Configuring the Starter Kit

This kit is configured and bootstrapped with the StarterKit::configure() method. You should call this early in your application's life-cycle to ensure maximum availability.

The config command is structured as follows:


use TypedCMS\PHPStarterKit\StarterKit;

    'base_uri' => '@team/project',
    'client_id' => '',
    'client_secret' => '',
    'redirect_uri' => '',
    'code' => '', //your authorization code
    'scope' => 'delivery,access-user-data',
    'token_path' => '/path/to/my/token/file.txt', //the location to store you access token
    'globals_repository' => GlobalsRepository::class, //optional, you can override the built-in globals repo
    'models_path' => '/path/to/my/models', //the path to your models
    'models_namespace' => 'App\\Models', //the namespace for your models
    'models_resolver' => ModelsBasicResolver::class, //optional, you can override the built-in models resolver for more complex file structures
    'repositories_path' => '/path/to/my/repositories', // the path ro your repos
    'repositories_namespace' => 'App\\Repositories', //the namespace for your repos
    'repositories_resolver' => RepositoriesBasicResolver::class, //optional, you can override the built-in repos resolver for more complex file structures

With the kit configured, you're now ready to start accessing your content.

Accessing Your Content

To start interacting with your content, first you need to create a repository in your project. Repositories will be your primary means of interacting with the TypedCMS APIs.

A repository should look something like this:



namespace App\Repositories;

use TypedCMS\PHPStarterKit\Repositories\ConstructsRepository;

class PagesRepository extends ConstructsRepository
    protected string $collection = 'pages';

    protected string $blueprint = 'page';

     * By default, repositories make requests to the delivery api. Set this to
     * true if you wish to use the management api by default.
    protected bool $mapi = false;

You can request a page from your pages repository like this:


use App\Repositories\PagesRepository;

$page = PagesRepository::make()->findOrFail($identifier)->getData();

That's it! You are now able to fetch content from TypedCMS.

Next Steps

Now that you have the basics, it would be a good time to checkout the starter kit documentation and the API references. TypedCMS' content modelling system lets you design pretty much anything you can imagine. Have fun!

Designing a Pages System

The most basic content type for most web projects is pages. In this guide we'll design a simple pages system using TypedCMS blueprints. To follow this guide you'll need a TypedCMS account and a project where you have a team architect or administrator role. Let's get started!

Start with a Blueprint

The first step to creating any content type in TypedCMS is a Blueprint. A blueprint is exactly what it sounds like, a model for your new content. From your projects sidebar, expand Architecture, click Blueprints and then click New Blueprint. Let's name our new blueprint ‘Page’ and then click Create Blueprint.

Creating a Blueprint

Once created, you will be shown your new blueprint's fields. These represent the data that makes up a ‘Page’. By default a new blueprint will include a unique identifier field, a title field and a body field. The ‘Identifier’ is already pre-configured to be auto-generated from the ‘Title’. 

Blueprint Fields

Add Some Fields

This is probably enough for the most basic of pages systems, but we'll add a little extra. Our pages will have a hero image and breadcrumbs. To achieve this we'll need an image field for our hero and we'll use a relationship field to set the parent page for our breadcrumbs.

Let's start with the hero image. Click New Field and select Image from the list of field types presented.

Field Types List
We have loads of field types to choose from!

We'll call this field ‘Hero’ and in the Validation tab, set it as a Required Field. We want our hero image to be constrained to a certain size, so we'll configure this in the Constraints tab. From the Constrain Image Dimensions drop-down select ‘Fixed Width & Height’. You'll now see three more drop-downs, target width, target height and a resize mode. For our hero image we'll use ‘1920’, ‘600’ and ‘Cover’ for a full-width, short hero with auto-cropping. Finish by clicking Create Image Field.

Creating an Image Field

Next let's create a relationship field. Same as before, Click New Field, but this time select One Related Constructs from the list of field types presented. TypedCMS uses the term Constructs to describe things constructed from blueprints, in other words your content.

We'll call this field ‘Parent Page’ and in the set the Blueprint field to associate our ‘Page’ blueprint. We can now select a Title field and an Image field. We'll set these to ‘Title’ and ‘Hero’ respectively. The content of these fields will be shown when associating a parent page - we'll see an example of this later. Click Create One Related Construct Field to finish.

Create a Relational Field

At this point you may want to rearrange your fields into your desired order.

Rearranged Fields

Create a Page

Now that we have a blueprint, we can create our first page. In the project sidebar, Click New Content and you now have a New Page option - click it!

New Content Menu

We'll call this new page ‘About Us’ and throw in some content. Once you're done click Create Page.

Creating an About Us Page

A Collection of Pages

Having saved the page you will be returned to a list containing only your new ‘About Us’ page. This is your Default Collection for the ‘Page’ blueprint; it was created automatically for you. 

Default Collection

It's a bit bland though, so let's make it a bit fancier. In the project sidebar, head to ArchitectureCollections and click the pencil next to your ‘Pages’ collection. As you can see, from here you can add columns and customise sorting and filtering options. 

Let's add some more columns! From the Columns drop-down we'll add our ‘Hero’ and ‘Parent Page’ fields. Finally click Update Collection to save these changes.

Updating a Collection

To return to your ‘Pages’ collection, from the project sidebar navigate through CollectionsPages. You'll now be presented with a much nicer list of pages.

Fancy Pages Collection

Form a Relationship

That's pretty much the basics of pages, but, before we finish up, let's create a relational page. Same a before, click New Page to get started. We'll call this page ‘Our Team’, add some content and set the Parent Page to ‘About Us’. Click Create Page.

Creating an Our Team Page
Complete Pages Collection
The final result!

Done! A simple relational pages system. Using these basic building blocks, you are now free to imagine even more awesome blueprints.

PHP Frameworks

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