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meteor-boilerplate

A starting point for MeteorJS applications. Includes iron-router, Bootstrap 3, Font Awesome, LESS and more.

<a name="included-packages"></a> Included Packages

<a name="installation"></a> Installation

Quick Start with Docker

Docker functionality added by using the Meteor Docker Passenger repo

docker run -d \
    -e ROOT_URL=http://yourapp.com \
    -e MONGO_URL=mongodb://url \
    -e MONGO_OPLOG_URL=mongodb://oplog_url \
    -v /dir_containing_bundledir:/home/app/webapp \
    -p 80:80 \
    joostlaan/meteor-docker-passenger
  1. Clone this repo to <yourapp>

    git clone https://github.com/Differential/meteor-boilerplate.git <yourapp>

  2. Remove .git

    cd <yourapp> && rm -rf .git

  3. Start coding!

<a name="file-structure"></a> File Structure

We have a common file structure we use across all of our Meteor apps. Client-only files are stored in the client directory, server-only files are stored in the server directory, and shared files are stored in the both directory. The private and public directories are for either private or public assets.

<a name="bootstrap-and-less"></a> Bootstrap and LESS

The majority of Bootstrap can be customized with LESS variables. If you look in client/stylesheets/base/lib/bootstrap/variables.import.less you will see a slew of configuration variables that can be tweaked to drastically change the look and feel of your site without having to write a single line of CSS.

However we should avoid modifying the core Bootstrap Less files (in case we want to update them later), and should instead override the variables in our own LESS files.

For example, to change the color of all primary buttons and links, simply add a @brand-primary variable to stylesheets/base/variables.import.less:

// variables.import.less
@brand-primary: #DC681D;

If you'd like to override a feature of Bootstrap that can't be modified using variables, simply create a new file in the client/stylesheets/components directory named after the corresponding Bootstrap component (eg. buttons in this case), and make your changes there.

// buttons.import.less
.btn {
  text-transform: uppercase;
}

After your file is ready, you need to import it into client/stylesheets/base/global.less. So, you would add in this statement:

@import '@{components}/buttons.import.less';

The reason that this is done is to avoid any issues when the LESS files are compiled into CSS. That way, if one component relies on another or you want a certain order for your components, you can avoid any issues.

<a name="seo"></a> SEO

Page titles, meta descriptions and Facebook and Twitter meta tags are handled by the yasinuslu:blaze-meta package. Global settings are configured in both/router/meta.js, while individual page settings are set at the controller level.

  • Note: the spiderable package will need to be installed and configured on your server in order for bots to read your meta tags.
PostsShowController = AppController.extend({
  path: '/posts/:_id',
  waitOn: function() {
    return this.subscribe('post', params._id);
  },
  data: function() {
    return {
      post: Post.find({_id: params._id})
    };
  },
  onAfterAction: function() {
    if(this.ready()) {
      Meta.setTitle(this.data().post.title);
    }
  }
});

<a name="favicons-and-touch-icons"></a> Favicons and Touch Icons

Upload your image to http://realfavicongenerator.net/ and place the resulting images in public/images/favicons

Seed Data

You can use the dburles:factory and anti:fake packages to generate fake collection data for testing your UI. See server/seeds.js for an example:

Meteor.startup(function() {

  Factory.define('item', Items, {
    name: function() { return Fake.sentence(); },
    rating: function() { return _.random(1, 5); }
  });

  if (Items.find({}).count() === 0) {

    _(10).times(function(n) {
      Factory.create('item');
    });

  }

});
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