I work with a lot of different languages and frameworks. Sometimes the hardest part of getting started with a new project is trying to recall the setup steps for a particular language or framework – especially after I’ve been immersed for months in a different one.
I wrote this guide to bootstrap getting a Laravel project off the ground.
- Install PHP (or Xampp with PHP)
- Add PHP to your environment variables/Path
- Install Composer https://getcomposer.org/download
- Create a new Laravel project using composer
- composer create-project laravel/laravel yourproject “9.*” –prefer-dist
- replace 9 with whatever version you’d like to use
- make sure you are in the correct parent directory where you want your project before executing the command
- cd into your new project directory
- Test the Laravel server can be launched and works correctly
- php artisan serve
- Ctrl+C shuts down the server
- Blade and Bootstrap are already installed by default
- Create a new file under resources/views called app.blade.php. This is where you’ll put your base frontend code. You will extend most of your other views from this page.
- Add your pages and routes.