The quickest way to setup SiteMesh is to download the SiteMesh Eclipse Starter Package unzip it and start Eclipse.
Manually setting up SiteMesh is also a very straightforward process and should take about 5 minutes or less. These steps are also useful for setting up SiteMesh on an existing Web Application.
Install SiteMesh Manually
Manually installing SiteMesh into your web application consists of three steps,
- Add the SiteMesh library file to WEB-INF/lib
- Add the SiteMesh filter to web.xml
- Create a blank decorators.xml file
Setup Library File
Copy the SiteMesh jar file into your web application's WEB-INF/lib directory. In this example we downloaded SiteMesh 2.4.1 which uses the jar name, sitemesh-2.4.1.jar.
Add SiteMesh Filter
Add the following to WEB-INF/web.xml within the <web-app> tag,
Create the a decorators.xml file in your WEB-INF directory,
If you start up your application server (container) and get no errors then SiteMesh is is ready to go. However, SiteMesh will not do anything yet. Continue to Start Using SiteMesh in 10 minutes.