Getting Started

Generate Themes in Vaah Cms


This is guide to teachs How to create Themes in VAAH CMS


  • node js installed
  • vaah project directory

Step 1: Vaah Cli Installtion

To use Vaah generators to generate themes, install VaahCli Tool using

npm install vaah -g


npm i vaah -g

Step 2: Installation of Theme

Note: For this tutorial, we'll be creating Blog Theme.

Command that is used to generate a theme is:-

npx vaah cms:t

After triggering this command, it will ask for some information regarding the Theme. Like:-

  • Name of The Theme you want to create. For example BlogTheme.
    ? Enter your theme name:-  BlogTheme
  • More relevent name for your Theme. Example, Blog Theme etc.
    ? Enter meaningful title for your theme: Blog Theme
  • More details of the theme that explains more about what this theme contains and provides. Example, Blog Theme with Auth Page.
    ? Enter your theme description: Blog Theme with Auth Page
  • Name of the person creating the Theme. Or press enter to go with default value provided.
    ? Enter Author name: vaah
  • Email of the author. Or press enter to enter default value.
    ? Enter Author email:
  • Press enter for default value for Author website and Download Url.
    ? Enter author website:
    ? Enter download url: 
  • Enter true if you want to run seeder for this theme. Else select false.
    ? Will your theme contains sample data (true/false):  false
    Note: All the seed files will be found in root/VaahCms/Themes/<theme-name>/Database/Seeds directory.

After providing all the information, Theme will generated under project-root/Vaahcms/Themes..

<theme-root-folder>\config\config.php contains the information that was enter while creating a theme and can be changed by making changes to config.php file. theme-config-file

Step 3: Activating a Theme

Go to:-


and login to the backend panel using credentials of the user that was created while the installation of VaahCms.

After that, on the sidebar, click on Extend and then click on Modules.

Or visit:-


to access Theme Activation Page directly.


List of all the installed themes will be displayed. From this list, find your theme and click on Activate button present on the right side of that same theme to activate the theme.

After successfull activation, theme name will be visible on the side bar. Click on theme name to access DashBoard of the theme.

Note: All migrations of that specific theme will run automatically when the theme is activated .

Step 4: Directory Structure

  • Config: Config file is present here. Config file contains all the information related to theme, that was provided while creating theme, such as, name, description, is sample data available etc. And this information can be changed in this config file.theme-config-file
  • Database: All the Factory, Migrations and Seeds files of this theme are present in Database Folder.
    • To generate Migration File:
       npx vaah cms:m-make migrations <theme-folder-name> <migration-name>
      theme-migrations Migration file will be generated under `Database/Migrations`.

    In order to run migrations, deactivate and activate Theme again.
    • To generate Seeds File:
       npx vaah cms:m-make migrations <theme-folder-name> <seeder-name>

      Seeds file will be generated under Database/Seeders. Or we can use json files to seed data into tables. Example: theme-seeds1
      and this json file can be used in SampleDataTableSeeder theme-sample-seeder-file
      and theme-sample-seeder-file1
      and to run SampleDataTableSeeder file, click on import sample data button:- theme sample data seeder button
  • Models: All the models for this theme will be generated in <theme-root>/Models using:
    npx vaah cms:t-make model <theme-root> <model-name>
  • Views: All the views for this theme will be generated in <theme-root>/Resources/Views
    • this is the first page of the theme welcome.balde.php.
    • this page can be used as homepage home.balde.php.
    • this page can be used as fallback back default.balde.php.
  • Vue: This folder will contain all the vue files, vuex store, vue routes related to this theme.
    • Vue components will be present under Vue/pages. theme vue componentes files
    • Vue routes will be present under Vue/routes. theme vue routes file
    • Vue store will be found under Vue/stores. theme vue store file

Note: Use npm install inside theme root folder to install dependencies for vue, and after that npm run dev to display vue components.

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