Getting a SilverStripe Platform Stack set up

First, let’s look at the process for ordering and supplying the correct information to get your SilverStripe Platform Stack setup ready to use.

Assuming you have been through a trial and decided to onboard to SilverStripe Platform, an Account Manager and/or Solution Architect will work with you to:

  1. Determine the size of stack you need (and whether our Stack Share option is right for you).
  2. Finalise any contractual aspects
  3. Provide a SilverStripe Platform “Stack Schedule” which you fill out to let us know all the information required to setup your services.

For assistance in filling out your Stack Schedule, please contact our Account Managers via email (solutions@silverstripe.com) or call them on +64 4 978 7331.

What information do I need to provide in the Stack Schedule?

The following is a guide on what you need to provide in order to start your migration process to SilverStripe Platform. While not completely exhaustive it should give you somewhere to start when collecting information about your website.

  1. A name for your stack (letters, numbers and dashes only, max 8 characters).
  2. Primary URL of your website.
  3. Project code repository location (we use Git on SilverStripe Platform, you may have your own or may opt to use a provided repository).
  4. Current traffic: Pages views per month and (for heavy traffic sites) request per second.
  5. Database size (if known).
  6. Any IP address to be whitelisted to access the SilverStripe Platform tools (i.e. you office’s static IP).
  7. The domain(s) you want to be able to send emails from SilverStripe Platform Stacks
  8. Stack region: ap-southeast-2 (Sydney), eu-west-1 (Ireland), ssuswest2 (Oregon). Enquire for other regions.
  9. Stack size: Solo, Small, Medium, Large, Enterprise (See Stack size comparison table).
  10. Any additional paid services you wish to opt into (Solr search, WAF, VPN, Extra environments, Code Care etc).
  11. Define your team roles (assign a Stack Manager, Release Manager and other team members that can access the helpdesk and other services). You’ll need to provide names, email addresses, in some cases, mobile numbers.

Once completed and contracts signed, your SilverStripe Platform Stack will be created and access granted to those nominated in your defined team roles. You will now be able to access testing and production environments, depending on your assigned roles, carry out code deployments and commit code to your projects.

Next you will want to evaluate the website(s) you will be migrating to SilverStripe Platform to ensure their compatibilty to operate correctly on the SilverStripe Platform Infrastructure. Later in this section we’ll be offering some helpful tips on how to best address common compatibility questions.