The parent theme (that defines all the data needed) that will feed the @gastby-theme-acmeblog and, in a way, @gatsby-theme-acme (basically will be shadow acmeblog) themes with data.


First of all I wanted to learn how to build gatsby themes, and there is not better way to learn than doing, secondly because I loved the idea of being able to separate data concerns with ui concerns and wanted to apply that to my projects.

This is a very simple theme that takes care of all the data concerns from building a blog with gatsby using Mdx.


with npm

npm install gatsby-theme-acmeblog-data

with yarn

yarn add gatsby-theme-acmeblog-data


Theme options

key default value description
blogPath /blog defines the url (slug) for the blog posts overview page
postsContentPath content/posts location of all the posts files
postsContentThumbnail content/thumbnail location of all the thumbnails images used in the posts
pagesContentPath content/pages location of other pages that you would like to build using mdx
otherImagesContentPath content/images location for any other images that you would like to post in your
tagsPath /tags defines the url (slug) for all existing tags, shown in a overview tags page and used for listing all posts with a certain tag (prepending it to the tag itself, e.g. /blog/tags/yourtag)
categoryPath /category defines the url (slug) used for listing all posts with a certain category (prepending it to the category itself, e.g. /blog/category/yourcategory)
postTableOfContents false If you would like to have a table of contents in your posts page change it to true
githubUrl | in case you are using github and want to create an edit link for your posts

How to use theme options

In gatsby-config.js you will be able to define the options

module.exports = { 
  plugins: [
      resolve: "gatsby-theme-acmeblog-data",
      options: { 
        blogPath: "/anything", // the default will be /blog
        tagsPath: "/mytags", // the default will be /tags
        categoryPath: "/mycategory", // the default will be /category
        postsContentPath: "myblog/posts", // the default will be content/posts
        pagesContentPath: "myblog/pages", // the default will be content/pages
        postsContentThumbnail: "myblog/thumbnails", // the default will be content/thumbnails
        otherImagesContentPath: "mysuperimages", // the default will be images
        postTableOfContents: false //the default is true
        githubUrl: ``, // else defaults to '' and doesn't render
        gardenStartYear: 2021 // else it will default to 2019

How to use Mdx for your posts

Url (slug) of your posts

This will be automatically generated for you and it will be the name of the mdx file created

The frontmatter will need to have the following structure

title: "My firstpost"
date: "2020-05-21"
category: Mdx  
    - post
    - mdx
    - gatsby
thumbnail:  ../images/gatsby-icon.png  
  • title - will be the title of the blog post
  • date - will be the date that will be shown in the blog post;
  • category - defines the category of this post
  • tags - the tags that you want this particular post to have
  • thumbnail - in case you want to give the post a thumbnail

Dev notes

There are a couple of things that I still need to do

  • thumbnail is not totally implemented at gatsby-theme-acmeblog
  • reading time for every posts
  • Pagination implementation
  • Next and previous post in the post page
  • attached a PDF in a post