Create Custom Oro Application¶
No two businesses are alike. This motto is a part of Oro products philosophy and this is why flexibility is one of the key principles that drive architecture in Oro. Depending on what you are planning to build, you can create your custom application with minimum functions starting either with OroPlatform, or OroCRM, or OroCommerce application as a baseline. No matter what is your starting point, there is no difference in the customization process.
Application Repository and Installation¶
Before you start working on a new project, it is important to have version control system in place. The easiest way to start is to fork application repository of OroPlatform, OroCRM or OroCommerce on GitHub.
Once code repository is ready, please follow installation instructions.
Newly created application repository should be used instead of the https://github.com/orocrm/crm-application.git
When your application is up and running, you can use development mode to work on customizations. In order to warm up the application cache in development mode please run:
$php app/console cache:clear --env=dev
To access application in development mode, add app_dev.php to the base URL (example: http://orocrm.example.com/app_dev.php).
Application Custom Code¶
Oro application structure is based on Symfony Standard Edition and we highly recommend to follow Symfony Best Practices for any custom application that you build on top of OroPlatform, OroCRM, or OroCommerce.
In the root folder of your application, there is an src folder. Use it as a working directory for your custom project and put your custom code there. Like in Symfony applications, all custom code in Oro application is organized in bundles – modules that group application functionality (see Symfony Bundle System for best practice of module structure and design).
Please note that Oro application has several differences compared to Symfony Standard Edition.
Typically, to create a custom application you may follow the common steps:
- Create a bundle
- Introduce new entity types that represent your business data structure and add related features
- Customize existing functionality (menu, workflow, validation, existing entities etc.)
Oro applications are open source and may be deployed to the on-premise environments. Deployment method could be different depending on organization requirements and infrastructure. You can design your custom deployment process, noting the following recommendations:
- Take into account recommendations in Symfony Application Deployment documentation
- Lock all dependencies with composer.lock before taking the code to production
- Warm up the application cache in production mode
- Disable access to app_dev.php
- Configure crontab and run web socket server
Oro applications are scalable.
As an alternative to the on-premise deployment, when you created your application following recommendations above, you can put your application into OroCloud. Please contact us to get more information.