Configure Multi-Tenancy in Engine

Note

This guide applies only to the delivery environment of Crafter CMS

One instance of Crafter Engine can handle multiple sites (multi-tenancy). This guide explains how to setup Crafter Engine for multi-tenancy.

Assume we have two websites in Crafter Studio that are to be deployed on a single Crafter Engine instance: site1 and site2. To enable multi-tenancy capabilities you need to add the right configuration using the Spring context files.

Configure the Root Folder Path

The root folder path, as shown below, needs to be configured to include a substitution variable {siteName}

{delivery-env-directory}/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/server-config.properties
crafter.engine.site.default.rootFolder.path=file:/opt/crafter/data/site-content/{siteName}/content

This variable will be resolved by Crafter Engine for each request. There are two possible configurations to resolve this value.

Configure Simple Multi-Tenancy

Using this mode you can easily support multiple sites without any additional configuration in external components.

To enable this mode you need to change the following files:

{delivery-env-directory}/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/services-context.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
           xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
           xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
                           http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context.xsd">

       <import resource="classpath*:crafter/engine/mode/multi-tenant/simple/services-context.xml"/>

    </beans>

{delivery-env-directory}/bin/apache-tomcat/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/rendering-context.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
           xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
           xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
                           http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context.xsd">

       <import resource="classpath*:crafter/engine/mode/multi-tenant/simple/rendering-context.xml"/>

    </beans>

After you have made the required changes and reloaded the ROOT.war file, each request will resolve the site using either a cookie or a query parameter. This will allow you to easily change the current site from the URL.

HOST:PORT/?crafterSite=site1 will render the home page for site1

HOST:PORT/?crafterSite=site2 will render the home page for site2

Warning

Using this configuration you need to be sure that the first request includes the crafterSite parameter so that the site value is set in the cookie for the next requests.

Configure Mapped Multi-Tenancy

This is the recommended approach for production environments because this configuration will guarantee that all requests will be able to resolve the right site.

To enable this mode you need to change the following files:

TOMCAT/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/services-context.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
           xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
           xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
                           http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context.xsd">

    <import resource="classpath*:crafter/engine/mode/multi-tenant/mapped/services-context.xml"/>

</beans>

TOMCAT/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/rendering-context.xml
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <beans xmlns="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans"
           xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:context="http://www.springframework.org/schema/context"
           xsi:schemaLocation="http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans http://www.springframework.org/schema/beans/spring-beans.xsd
                           http://www.springframework.org/schema/context http://www.springframework.org/schema/context/spring-context.xsd">

    <import resource="classpath*:crafter/engine/mode/multi-tenant/mapped/rendering-context.xml"/>

</beans>

You also need to define a mapping from domain names to site names in a properties file:

TOMCAT/shared/classes/crafter/engine/extension/site-mappings.properties
site1.com=site1
www.site1.com=site1
site2.com=site2
www.site2.com=site2

After you have made the required changes and reloaded the ROOT.war file, each request will resolve the site using the domain name of the server. For example a request to http://www.site1.com/foo/bar will look for a file /foo/bar/index.xml in site1.

Note

Using this configuration it is not possible to access a site using internal addresses like localhost or 127.0.0.1. You will need to change the hostname for the server or manage virtual hosts using an HTTP server.