Part 2: Setting Up Your Laravel Development Environment
In Part 1, we provided an introduction to Laravel and highlighted its importance in e-commerce development. Now, let’s dive into the practical aspects of building your Laravel e-commerce application by setting up your development environment.
2.1 Installing Laravel
Before you start building your e-commerce application, you need to install Laravel. Laravel offers a convenient installer that streamlines the process.
Step 1: Install Composer
Laravel utilizes Composer for dependency management. If you haven’t installed Composer, visit getcomposer.org and follow the installation instructions for your operating system.
Step 2: Install Laravel
Once Composer is installed, open your terminal or command prompt and run the following command to install Laravel:
composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel your-ecommerce-app
your-ecommerce-app with the desired name for your project.
Step 3: Navigate to Your Project
Move into your project directory:
2.2 Configuring the Database
Laravel uses the
.env file to manage environment-specific configuration, including database settings.
Step 1: Create a Database
Create an empty database for your e-commerce application in your database management system (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL).
Step 2: Configure .env
.env.example file to
cp .env.example .env
.env file and update the following fields:
your_database_password with your database credentials.
Step 3: Generate Application Key
Run the following command to generate a unique application key:
php artisan key:generate
2.3 Composer Dependencies for E-Commerce
To kickstart your e-commerce project, you’ll need a set of Laravel packages tailored for e-commerce development. We’ll use Laravel Jetstream for scaffolding and Laravel Livewire for dynamic, reactive interfaces.
Step 1: Install Jetstream
Run the following command to install Jetstream:
composer require laravel/jetstream
Step 2: Install Livewire
Install Livewire as well:
php artisan jetstream:install livewire
Step 3: Install NPM Dependencies
Install the necessary front-end dependencies using NPM:
npm install && npm run dev
Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up your Laravel development environment for e-commerce. In the next part of the tutorial, we’ll dive into creating the e-commerce database schema. Stay tuned for more hands-on development!