Setup a Webspace

In this chapter we will have a look at webspaces. Therefore we will create a configuration for a basic website. This will result in a single portal website with multiple localizations.

As already described in the section before, a webspace also creates a new content tree. These trees are accessible by the navigation in the Sulu administration interface. Sulu allows you to create pages and sub pages in these trees and fill them with content. Have a closer look at Creating a Page Template for more details on the content management process.

Normally you’ll create a webspace for a new website, a landingpage or a portal, that should run on your Sulu instance.

The following file shows a configuration. These lines will be explained in the following paragraphs.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<webspace xmlns=""


        <localization language="en"/>

        <default-template type="page">example</default-template>
        <default-template type="homepage">default</default-template>

        <template type="search">ClientWebsiteBundle:views:search.html.twig</template>
        <template type="error">ClientWebsiteBundle:views:error.html.twig</template>
        <template type="error-404">ClientWebsiteBundle:views:error404.html.twig</template>

            <context key="main">
                    <title lang="en">Mainnavigation</title>



                <environment type="prod">
                        <url language="en"></url>
                <environment type="dev">
                        <url language="en">example.lo</url>


If you want to match all hosts you can use the {host} placeholder. Example: <url>{host}/{localization}</url>


If you add a webspace to an existing installation you also have to set the correct permissions for existing users, otherwise they won’t be able to see it.

As you probably already have encountered, the root tag for our webspace definition is webspace. Afterwards you see a name, which is displayed in the administration interface. But even more important is the key, which is used internally to generate some files and define some paths. Therefore it is really important that the webspace key is unique across all webspaces in a single installation.


In the localizations-tag you can list all the available localizations in this webspace. In the example we are simply adding the English language, but you can also define country specific language if you add a country attribute to the localization, so for instance the following tag would add Austrian German to the available localizations:

<localization language="de" country="at" />

For a more complete explanation you should have a look at Adding localizations.

Themes (optional)

The theme is described by a key. This key leads to a certain theme, implemented by a developer in the system. Read more about themes in the section Adding a theme. This feature is default deactivated and therefore in the example not used. If you have multiple webspaces which should look different, you can use this feature to easily do this.


The webspace can also define certain templates in combination with a type. These template can then be retrieved from the webspace. E.g. Sulu uses them to retrieve the correct templates for errors. Therefore it makes use of the template with type error-<http-code> respectively it uses the template with the type error as a fallback. The other use case is the search. Sulu will use the template with the type search from the webspace to display search results.


The strategy for the resource-locator influences the design of the URLs for the content. Currently there is only the tree-option available resulting in exposing the entire content tree in the URL.


A webspace can itself consist of multiple portals. In our simple configuration file we make use of only one portal. The idea is that the same content can be shared among different portals and URLs. The portals can then also define for themselves in which localization they publish the content, so that you can spread different localizations over different URLs.

Our sample file defines just one portal, which includes a name and a key just as the webspace, whereby the key for the portal hast to be unique for the entire installation, not only within this webspace.


The most important part of the portal configuration are the environments, because they are including the URLs for the portal. A portal can have multiple environments, which have to match the environments defined in Symfony. Usually dev, stage and prod are available. Each environment can define its own set of URLs.


Please consider that you have to omit the port in the configuration. The system will work with any port, so you don’t have to name it in the configuration.

The URLs also have to include the localization somehow. You have two possibilities to do so:

Fixing an URL to a specific localization

The above example shows this possibility, where you fix one URL to exactly one localization. The following fragment shows again how to this:

<url language="de" country="at"></url>

Since it is possible to define localizations without a country, this attribute is also optional here. However, the combination of language and country here must result in an existing localization.

Using placeholders in the URL definition

Another possibility is to create the URL with a placeholder. Have a look at the following line for an example:


Placeholder are expressions in curly braces, which will be expanded to every possible value. For the above example that means, that an URL for every localization defined will be generated. So if you have a localization de-at and en-gb, the system will create URLs for and

In the following table all the possible placeholders are listed, and explains the values of them by using the de-at-localization:

Placeholder Description Example for de-at
{localization} The name of the entire localization de-at
{language} The name of the language de
{country} The name of the country, only makes sense in combination with {language} at

Now you got your webspace ready, we will create a template for a page that could be added to the webspace.