What’s inside


This Boilerplate includes and configures a number of components.


For CSS pre-processing, we use Sass. In particular, we use:

All styles should be created in /private/sass, and will be compiled to /static/css.


The full Bootstrap library is imported via the Sass component and the JavaScript component.


Aldryn Bootstrap 3 uses a 24 column based grid setting instead of the default 12. You can change this setting in private/sass/settings/_bootstrap.scss.

The Glyhpicon icon set has been disabled in favour of the Font Awesome icon set.

Font Awesome

The Font Awesome library offers a larger and better variety of icons than the Bootstrap defaults. Additional utility classes are also available.

The library is similarly integrated as bootstrap-sass within the libs folder.


We are implementing the latest 2.x.x versions of jQuery as they are released. In addition we encourage the use of class.js, a simple library that helps out with the modular pattern in JavaScript.

In addition several commonly-used shims are available to you including:


We are currently implementing the select2.js bootstrap version as default addon.


We use Gulp to manage our frontend workflow.

Template Language

As this is a django CMS based boilerplate, naturally we are using the Django template language.

In order to implements assets efficiently, django-sekizai and aldryn-snake are implemented within the base_root.html template. This gives you the {% addtoblock "js" %}{% endaddtoblock %} and {% addtoblock "css" %}{% endaddtoblock %} template tags in addition to the django defaults.


{% load sekizai_tags %}
{% addtoblock "css" %}<link href="{% static 'css/theme.css' %}" rel="stylesheet">{% endaddtoblock %}
{% addtoblock "js" %}<script src="{% static 'libs/jquery.min.js' %}"></script>{% endaddtoblock %}


There are several configuration files included such as:

Please mind that they are ignored if your editor doesn’t support them.