Service Providers


When Lumberjack bootstraps it creates an Application Container, which is responsible for resolving concrete classes that have been bound to the container in one way or another. This binding happens via Service Providers.

A Service Provider needs to be registered with Lumberjack. This can be done in config/app.php under the providers array.

Let's look at how to create a new Service Provider and register it to the container.

Creating Service Providers

Service Providers can live anywhere within the app/ directory, or even as packages that you bring in via composer. Let's create a new file within app/Providers called PaymentGatewayProvider.php.

This file must extend Rareloop\Lumberjack\Providers\ServiceProvider. This gives you access to the container via $this->app. There are 2 methods that Lumberjack looks for on a Service Providers: register() and boot().


The register method should only be used to bind things to the container. You cannot rely on Lumberjack registering service providers in any order, so you should always assume no other provider had been registered.

You should not attempt to do anything other than binding things to the container in `register`. Do not try and add WordPress filters/actions, register routes, configure WordPress etc here. This is to prevent you from accidentally using a service provider which has not been loaded yet.

namespace App\Providers;

use Rareloop\Lumberjack\Providers\ServiceProvider;

class PaymentGatewayProvider extends ServiceProvider
    public function register()
        $this->app->set('\App\PaymentGateway', '\App\StripePaymentGateway');

Now, whenever we need to use a payment gateway in our application we can resolve it from the container. This, in theory, makes it really easy to swap out Stripe with another payment gateway.

Binding to the container

There are a number of different ways to bind things to the container. Head over to 'Using the Container' for more information.


Once all service providers have been registered, Lumberjack then attempts to call the boot method on each one. This means that you have access to everything that has been bound to the container and can access it using dependency injection on the boot method.

namespace App\Providers;

use Rareloop\Lumberjack\Providers\ServiceProvider;

 * Add Option Pages to WP using the config, using ACF
class OptionPagesProvider extends ServiceProvider
    // Dependency inject Config from the container
    public function boot(Config $config)
        $optionPages = $config->get('option-pages');

        if (!is_array($optionPages)) {

         foreach ($optionPages as $optionPage) {

Register Service Providers with Lumberjack

Once you have your service provider ready to go, you need to add the name of the class to the providers array in config/app.php.

return [
    'providers' => [
        // ...


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