Best system for components across multiple sites

Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone had any experience using their own custom theme on multiple sites and what approach you took. For example, sites with similar snippets/templates + functionality but different content, images, and branding. Something similar to how you can import components in a JS front-end framework. If possible, I would like to update the snippet/template/functionality in one place and have it update across all sites.

Ideally, I would like to avoid having to manually transfer code + files from one project to the next. I was looking at using Git submodules to do this, but the hosting server I am with (Cloudways) does not support submodules when deploying from Github.

If anyone has implemented any type of system like this, I would love to hear about it. Any and all feedback is very much appreciated. Thanks :slight_smile:

Depending on what’s included in your ‘component’, you could set it up as a Kirby Plugin. Your Kirby plugins can include frontend code - templates, snippets, assets, etc. - as well as backend code - controllers, models, etc. They can even include other plugins.

You can build your plugin to be installable via composer, and then list it in Packagist - it’s free. This is by far the easiest way to include your plugin in your Kirby projects and keep it up-to-date, as you update your code, across all your sites.

In Cloudways, in order to autodeploy your site when you commit your changes to your git repository, you have to manually setup a script that responds to webhook calls from your git provider - as described here. In that script, after you’ve pulled your git changes, you’d need to call composer init to make composer ‘load’ your plugin fresh from Packagist with every deployment.

There are also options for private composer packages, for example on GitLab or the options mentioned here

Sorry, I should’ve expanded. I meant the same templates, snippets, and such being used across multiple sites, but each site would have different styles, images, and such.