CodeIgniter is an incredibly powerful and easy to use PHP Framework that makes developers’ lives alot easier. In its default configuration it only supports one site per installation – quickly result in thousands of files on your file server which can be a pain for all involved. With a little fiddling we can fix this. Here’s how:
Create a my_site and a globals folder in your web directory
Download the latest version of Codeigniter from here (I’m using 1.72) and unzip it to my_site. Your directory structure should look as follows
Move the system/application folder and place it next to the system folder. Move the system folder into globals/codeigniter and rename it to system_172. You can delete system/user_guide folder. We renamed system to system_172 so that if new versions of codeigniter are released, we can use this same method without affecting existing sites.
In your my_site folder, create a shortcut to the system folder you just moved and name it system
On Linux: ln -s ../globals/codeigniter/system_172/ system
Try loading your site. If it works – great! If not we’ll now need to edit my_site/application/index.php. I needed to make the following changes
At Line 26: $system_folder = "system"; Change to $system_folder = dirname(__FILE__)."/system"; At Line 43: $application_folder = "application"; Change to $application_folder = dirname(__FILE__)."/application";
You’re done! Load your site and enjoy your new streamlined installation.