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A configurable and performant minimal gatsby portfolio theme for open source developers.

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Installing the theme

  1. Create a site

You can easily bootstrap a site by using the starter theme. For this, you have to have gatsby-cli installed. Now run the following command:

gatsby new my-site https://github.com/sh4hids/gatsby-starter-open-sourcerer
  1. Start development server

After installation process has finished, nevigate to the project and run the following command:

cd my-site
gatsby develop
  1. See the theme in action

Open http://localhost:8000 in your browser to see your site in action or visit http://localhost:8000/___graphql to check the graphql playground.

  1. Start hacking

Open the current directory in your favorite code editor and start hacking the theme.

NB All the available commands can be found here.

Customizing default configuration

You can provide necessary configuration via plugin options on gatsby-config.js. Copy the default configuration from here and customize as you need. If you bootstrapped your site by using the starter kit, you just have to customize the my-site/src/config/index.js file.

Component shadowing

If you want to customize a component, you can use theme shadowing. Create the following directories in your src folder:

├── src
│   ├── @sh4hids
│   │   └── gatsby-theme-open-sourcerer

For example, if you want to shadow the BrandLogo component, your directory structure will be like this:

├── src
│   ├── @sh4hids
│   │   └── gatsby-theme-open-sourcerer
│   │       └── components
│   │           ├── BrandLogo.js

You can shadow any component you like by following the above structure. All the components can be found in src dorectory of this repo.

N.B. You might get some error while shadowing a component. This might happen if copy/paste components from this theme’s src folder. One of the error might be:

Module not found: Error: Can't resolve '../components' in

In the above case, check if there’s any relative import. If there’s any, refactor the imports like this:

import { Text } from '@sh4hids/gatsby-theme-open-sourcerer/src/components';
import { DefaultLayout } from '@sh4hids/gatsby-theme-open-sourcerer/src/layouts';

Writing posts

You can write blog post using markdown file format. Just follow this structure:

// contents/blog/your-post.md

title: My Awesome Post
slug: my-awesome-post
publishedAt: 2021-07-30
isPublished: true
  - test
  - web dev

Your post will go here...

NB: If you want to make draft post, set isPublished to false in post’s frontmatter. You can use this script to automate the process.

Customizing pages

Contents for the following pages are required for this theme to work properly. You have to provide the contents in .yml format in your contents folder.

Customizing About/Contact page

Create files named About.js/Contact.js in the following directory:

├── src
│   ├── @sh4hids
│   │   ├── gatsby-theme-open-sourcerer
│   │   │   ├── templates
│   │   │   │   ├── About.js
│   │   │   │   ├── Contact.js

Page layout

Copy the base layout for each of the pages from the following links and customize as you like.

Using built-in components

You can import and use any components from the source folder. Some of the default components directories are:


import { Box } from '@shahids/gatsby-theme-open-sourcerer/src/components';

Adding post comment

The theme has the commenting feature on the article page, which uses utterances under the hood. utterances is a lightweight comments widget built on GitHub issues. To set up utterances, you have to create a public GitHub repository and add utterances app on that repo. Now add utterancesCommentRepo key in your theme config file (your-site/src/config/index.js) with your repository name as a value (i.e. sh4hids/shahid.pro-comments).



Want to help?

If you want to help in any way to make the theme better, you are welcome. Some of the ways you can help are:

  • Reporting an issue (bug)
  • Improving the documentation (README)
  • Adding your site to the showcase section

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