While most packages don't require it, if a developer needs custom database tables for any reason, these can easily be created during a package installation.
This can be done in one of three ways.
- Provide the schema of the database in the AXMLS format. This format has been available in Concrete CMS since the very beginning.
- Provide the schema of the database in the Doctrine XML format. This is a new format, dependent on the new Doctrine Database Access Layer employed in Concrete version 7 and above. This approach requires Concrete version 5.7.5 or above
- Use PHP Entity Classes and the Doctrine 2 ORM Library that Concrete includes. This requires Concrete 5.7.4 or above.
Read on for more information.