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A Baseline Child project is very similar to a Fork (forked repository) on GitHub in that we create a clone of an existing project while maintaining a connection between the two projects. The connection exists between the Live environment of the existing project, the Baseline project, and the Development or Live environment - of the newly created project, the Child project.
Any project can act as a Baseline project.
The basic idea is that you have a project that contains all your standard Umbraco packages/components, maybe even configured with some default Document Types, which you want to use as a baseline for future projects. When you've made changes to your Baseline project you can then push these changes out to all the Child projects with a click of a button.
For some more in-depth information have a look at the High-level Overview article.
Creating a Child project
- Choose the “Create new Project” option from the Umbraco Cloud Portal - choose either the Starter or the Professional plan for your new project
- Choose a name for your new project
- From the Choose baseline (Optional) dropdown, choose which of your other Cloud project the new project should be based on
- Note that any Umbraco Cloud project can be used as a Baseline project
- Click Create project and you will be redirected to the new project where you can follow the creation progress.
- It might take several minutes for the project to spin up and before your environments are ready.
When your environments are ready you will see a green light next to the environment name.
Note: Depending on the size of the project you've chosen as a Baseline project, it might take several minutes before the Child project is ready.
Restore content from the Baseline project
When you've created the Child project you can choose to restore content from your Baseline project:
- 'Right-click* the top of the Content tree in the Umbraco backoffice
- Choose Restore
- The Baseline project should already be selected as the environment to restore from
- Click Restore from Baseline
- Once the restore is complete, reload the content tree to see the content!
As with any Git repository-based development it is not uncommon to have merge conflicts as the various repositories begin to differ. Read this article for more on the merge strategy we use and how to approach resolving these conflicts.
In this article you'll find a guide on how to upgrade your Child project with changes from your Baseline project.
When you are working with Baseline Child projects you might sometimes want to have individual configuration for each project - this can be handled using config transforms.