Sitecore projectstarter

Every now and then I have an idea for Sitecore that I want to try out quickly. Since (even with SIM), it’s quite some work to setup an empty Sitecore environment, I decided to make a nuget solution to quickly start a new Sitecore project. The resulting nuget package is Sitecore Projectstarter (github)
Using this package, you’ll be able to have a running sitecore environment in less then 10 minutes. It’s a solid base for any new Sitecore project, so not just for testing small stuff.

To get started, open up your Visual Studio environment as an administrator and create a new empty web application (the preferred visual studio is 2015, since it handles the script much faster, 2013 might take up the full promised 10 minutes :))
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Now, open up your package manager console and type: Install-Package BoC.Sitecore.Projectstarter to download the basic nuget package.
Once downloaded, the installer will ask you for a Sitecore .zip file (it sometimes happens that the popup appears behind visual studio, so check with ALT+TAB if your visual studio looks frozen).


In this screen, select your sitecore website-root zip file that you’ve downloaded from Pressing open will start the extracting of the Sitecore zip file. After the content has been extracted, another openfile dialog will appear, to pass in your license.xml file.


Once your license file is in place, the script will start installing some nuget packages to get your project started. The installation will fail with the message “install-package : Project unavailable”!. This is due to the script having moved the project file. As long is this is the only error message, everything went fine.


Now, just hit CTRL+F5 (or Debug->Start without debugging) to open the default Sitecore page in your browser.

Things to know about your new project:

  • the debug.csproj file, on build, deploys all projects in your solution to $(solutiondir)\build
  • only on rebuild, all files in $(solutiondir)\build will be deleted first
  • the Sitecore zip file is extracted to $(solutiondir)\temp, if you remove this folder and do a rebuild, visual studio will ask for the Sitecore zip again (this way you can easily upgrade to a newer sitecore version)
  • by default the debug.csproj file is attached to IISExpress and should always be your default project. You can easily attach the project to normal IIS in it’s properties dialog

7 thoughts on “Sitecore projectstarter”

  1. Have you had experience running the Sitecore Project Starter in VS 2012? After pointing to the Sitecore zip file and license file the Package Manager Console hangs and never finishes.

  2. FYI – you can’t put this in the normal workspaces because the directory structure is too long for PowerShell. It failed on me with a directory of C:\Users\*\documents\visual studio 2013\Projects\Project1\packages\BoC.Sitecore.ProjectStarter.1.4.5\tools\install.ps1.

    Otherwise, great tool!

  3. Hi Chris,

    Under Sitecore 8.1, I manually had to include references to the Sitecore.Kernel and point to a local DLL. Is this project still up to date or am I doing something wrong, botching the install?


    1. Hi Rik,

      this should still happen automatically. What project file did you have to add the references to?


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