Django Basic Template Boilerplate Skeleton Project

Let’s walk through the steps to create a basic Django project. I’ll assume you have Python and Django installed on your system. If not, make sure to install them before proceeding.

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Create a Basic Django Project

Step 1: Create a Virtual Environment

It’s good practice to work within a virtual environment to isolate your project’s dependencies. Open your terminal (or command prompt) and navigate to the directory where you want to create the Django project. Then, create a virtual environment with the following command:

# On Windows
python -m venv venv

# On macOS/Linux
python3 -m venv venv

Activate the virtual environment:

# On Windows

# On macOS/Linux
source venv/bin/activate

Step 2: Install Django

Once the virtual environment is activated, you can install Django using pip:

pip install django

Please note that we are using latest Django LTS Version: 4.2.3

Step 3: Create the Django Project

Create a new Django project using a placeholder name “myproject”:

django-admin startproject myproject .

Step 4: Create a Django App

Create a new Django app using a placeholder name “myapp”:

python startapp myapp

Step 5: Configure the Project Settings

Open the file inside the myproject folder and update the INSTALLED_APPS list:

# myproject/

    # ...

Step 6: Create a Simple View

In your app directory (myapp), open the file and add a simple view function:

# myapp/

from django.http import HttpResponse

def hello_world(request):
    return HttpResponse("Hello, world!")

Step 7: Define URL Patterns

Create a file in your app directory (myapp):

# myapp/

from django.urls import path
from . import views

urlpatterns = [
    path('hello/', views.hello_world, name='hello_world'),

Step 8: Configure the Project URLs

Open the file in the myproject folder and update it as follows:

# myproject/

from django.contrib import admin
from django.urls import path, include

urlpatterns = [
    path('', include('myapp.urls')),

Step 9: Run the Development Server

Start the development server and test the simple view:

python runserver

Visit http://localhost:8000/hello/ in your web browser, and you should see the text “Hello, world!” displayed on the page.

Now, by using placeholder names like “myproject” and “myapp” in your project, app, and file names, you can easily reuse this template for multiple Django tutorials without the need to manually update those names. Simply replace “myproject” and “myapp” with the desired names for each, if needed. Happy coding!

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