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Using Purchased Themes with Rails Discussion

Hey Chris, for years, I've been taking templates and just putting them in the app/assets folders instead of going the route of the Vendors folders. Is there a specific reason for going with Vendors over App?



I have an existing site that I wanted to refresh so I purchased a theme from
Here's what I've done so far:

  • unzipped the file
  • copied the 5 folders (css, fonts, images, js, scss) from the theme's assets folder
  • pasted the folders in my rails project folder vender/assets/themes/guidebook/
  • added Rails.application.config.assets.paths << Rails.root.join('vendor') into my initializers/assets.rb file
  • restarted my app but it's obvious that the styles are not there

I'd appreciate any help


Hi Chris, my theme seems to have ordered things by library/vendor (like one folder per vendor, containing each their own dist, src, gulp files) and my compiled html pages from the theme refer sometimes to their .js or their css files (the compiled ones, aka from their "dist" folders).

Where would you recommend putting the vendor folder containing all those vendors folders then?
Shall I put it under "public", "lib" or "vendor" folder within my app, to be directly called in my .html.erb files when needed?

Thanks a lot for your help as always


Time for an updated version? for rails new template -j esbuild -css bootstrap projects. Maybe use a more complex template and go a bit further. (you almost sounded bored in the old one.)

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