Zotonic has the capability of serving more than one site at a time. You can have multiple sites enabled, each with its own set of templates, database and dispatch rules. Each site has its own hostname.
Create a site¶
First, prepare the database. In your terminal, connect to PostgreSQL:
$ sudo -u postgres psql (enter your OS password)
And create a database user for Zotonic. You may want to change the password:
postgres=# CREATE USER zotonic WITH PASSWORD 'zotonic';
Now, either give this user create rights to have Zotonic automatically create the database for you (recommended):
postgres=# ALTER USER zotonic CREATEDB;
Or create the site database manually:
postgres=# CREATE DATABASE zotonic WITH OWNER = zotonic ENCODING = 'UTF8'; postgres=# GRANT ALL ON DATABASE zotonic TO zotonic; postgres=# \c zotonic postgres=# CREATE LANGUAGE "plpgsql";
/etc/hostsfile, adding an entry for
yoursite.dev(the site hostname) to point at your local host:
Finally, create a new Zotonic site, based on the ‘blog’ skeleton site:
$ bin/zotonic addsite -s blog yoursite
Zotonic has to be running for the
addsitecommand to succeed.
Then rebuild Zotonic:
$ cd dir/to/zotonic $ make
And (re)start Zotonic:
$ bin/zotonic debug
Anatomy of a site¶
A Zotonic site is a folder which lives in the user sites directory and contains at least:
configfile: sets the site’s hostname and other parameters
sitename.erlfile: initialises the site.
In fact, a site is a special type of module. Like modules, sites usually contain additional resources such as templates and dispatch rules. Unlike modules, however, sites have their own hostname and database connection.