Setting up for local development

Downloading the site from Site Factory

  1. Select Backup the site from Site Factory’s site card drop-down list, located to the right of the Log in button.
  2. Once the site has finished backing up, an email will be sent with a link to download the site.
  3. Click on the link or go directly to
  4. Click the “Download” link which will download a tar.gz file.
  5. If you are on a Windows computer, you will need a program like 7zip to open the file.
  6. Extract the contents to your computer and rename the folder to something useful.

Set-up your local environment

You will need a LAMP style development environment setup with Apache, PHP, and MySQL. The recommended tool is Docksal. This free, open-source app simplifies the process immensely.

  1. Install Docksal
  2. Open a Terminal window, and navigate to the root of the unpacked folder that you downloaded from Site Factory.
    • Be sure you're in the root of that directory. If you run the command ls -al you should see files with names: .docksal, acquia-pipelines.yml, composer.lock, etc.
  3. Run one command: fin themer/init

If you want to use something different, there are many options available such as MAMP, WAMP,  or Drupal VM . Just know that you will have to perform all the configuration that Docksal would otherwise do for you automatically. So it's a lot more work.

Drupal settings for local development

There are 3 files in the /docroot/sites/default/ directory that Drupal will rely on for doing local development: settings.php, settings.local.php, and services.local.yml. They contain additional settings that you can configure.

Docksal automatically downloads and configures them for you, and you would rarely if ever need to touch them.

Preparing a subtheme of “SiteFarm One”

  1. Download a subtheme starter kit from
    • There are 2 starter kits: Basic and Advanced.
    • The Basic branch is a simple starting point for doing CSS, Javascript, and Templates.
    • The Advanced branch allows using Sass, es6 Javascript, and advanced theming with BrowserSync.
  2. Extract the starter kit into /docroot/sites/default/themes/ and rename the folder to site.
  3. Using a terminal, cd into your theme's site directory and type “git init”.
    • If you don't have Git installed on your computer, you can use Docksal's built-in Git. Simply type "fin exec git" instead of "git" for all your Git commands. For example: "fin exec git init". 
  4. Commit the subtheme code and push it to bitbucket or github.

Connect the theme repository to Site Factory

  1. Navigate to your site card in Site Factory (
  2. From the drop-down arrow next to the Login button, select Manage theme repository from Site Factory’s site drop-down menu.
    Location of the "Manage theme repository" button in your site card.
  3. Click Connect site repository.
  4. Grant access to the Repository
    • Bitbucket: Click Show SSH public key and copy it. Add this to a git repo.
      • Click “Settings”, then “Access keys”, and then “Add key”.
    • Github: Click “Settings”, then “Collaborators and Teams”.
      • Add "ietwebdev" to the "Collaborators" list.
  5. Add the git URL into “Git URL” like
  6. Add a branch or tag into “Branch or tag” such as “master”.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Clear your site's cache by selecting Clear caches from Site Factory’s site drop-down menu.

More information can be found here:

Local Dev Tips

  1. Use “Drush” in a console from the docroot directory with:
  2. $ fin drush
  3. Log in as an Administrator:
    $ fin drush uli --uri="sitename.local"
  4. Use “Drupal Console” in a console from the docroot directory with:
    $ fin drupal
  5. Create a subtheme using a wizard:
    $ fin drupal sitefarm:generate:subtheme
  6. The following modules can be disabled, but it is not strictly necessary to do so.
    • acsf_*
      • From the command line cd into the docroot of your site
      • Then use the following drush command:    $ fin drush pm-uninstall acsf
  • Acquia_connector
  • SamlAuth