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Gatsby Minimal Theme for Developers


You can find here a demo website: https://www.miguelangelmartin.me

Quick Start

mkdir my-site
cd my-site
yarn init

# install gatsby-developer-theme and it's dependencies
yarn add gatsby react react-dom gatsby-theme-developer

You can add now the yarn scripts to your package.json file

  "scripts": {
    "build": "gatsby build", 
    "clean": "gatsby clean",
    "develop": "gatsby develop"

Then create the gatsby-config.js file:

touch gatsby-config.js

And add the theme configuration to it:

module.exports = {
    plugins: [
            resolve: "gatsby-theme-developer",
            options: {
                title: "Title of your site",
                subtitle: "a short subtitle for the meta title on the home page",
                description: "A minimal theme for your personal blog or webpage",
                siteUrl: "https://...com",
                defaultPreviewImage: "/og-default.png",
                author: {
                    name: "Your Name",
                    bio: "Software Engineer",
                    avatar: "https://mywebsite.com",
                    links: {
                        twitter: "https://twitter.com/username",
                        linkedin: "https://linkedin.com/in/username",
                        github: "https://github.com/username",
                        instagram: "https://instagram.com/username",
                        mail: "mailto:username@email.com"
                links: [
                        title: "Home",
                        href: "/"
                        title: "About me",
                        href: "/about-me"
                    title: "Blog",
                    href: "/blog"
                articlesPerPage: 4,
                language: "en"

That’s it, you can now run your gatsby site using

yarn gatsby develop

This will run a local web server and create the content and static folders with all the required files to run your website.

Adding content

The content need to be stored in the content directory as markdown files.

Every markdown file need to have a frontmatter section in it. Here is an example:

date: 2020-11-20 00:30:03+00:00 slug: /2020/hello-world/ title: Hello World template: post coverImage: /the-image.jpg tags:

- Writing draft: false description: "This is your first article, you can find it in the /content directory"


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Fusce eu lorem eget metus venenatis dignissim.

As you see the frontmatter section has some variables, some are required but others not

variable required description
date true the ISO 8601 date of the article or page YYYY-MM-DD HH:mm:ss±hh:mm
slug true the path for the article or page, for example /2020/hello-world
title true the title of the article or page
description false the description for the article or page
draft true is the article is published or not
template true the template: the possible values are: post or page
coverImage false the cover image for the article
tags false an array of YAML tags
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