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I want to create a base configuration of EE that have certain channels, templates, addons, etc. -- and then deploy that over and over again. It seems like NSM Site Generator was the solution I needed, but it's in alpha, doesn't work with the latest version of EE, and not being actively developed (due to time constraints, per the developer).

Are there alternatives?

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I just have a local dev environment using MAMP. I have a couple of base setups that I use. One with structure and one without and then my most standard addons that end up on almost every site like wygwam, switchee, stash etc. I keep these up to date on my local machine. When I want to start a new site its simply a matter of uploading the files to the web server. Copy across the database. Make a few configuration file changes and purchase an EE license and any applicable addon licenses and I am good to go. I am sure there are probably fancier more automated ways but this has always worked well for me.

  • Can you just copy over the database? Aren't there environment specific entries in the database that might make that approach fail? – ExpressionEngineNewbie Nov 6 '13 at 11:14
  • I have never had a problem with that. There should be nothing in the database that has anything to do with the server environment. You want to change your /system/expressionengine/config/database.php file and possibly the config.php file when you move over the files. When you first login to the new site you will have to go through admin > general configuration and change the path settings as well as go through file upload preferences and change path settings and membership preferences too (i know its a PITA like I said there may be a more automated way). – Phil Nov 6 '13 at 16:54
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    Or you can use multi-environment config file (config overrides) to mitigate that issue. Focus Lab Master Config is a popular approach. Also see Config Bootstrap Options – Alex Kendrick Nov 6 '13 at 18:43

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