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Create awesome blog with Gridsome

How to start creating awesome static Blogs using Gridsome - a Vue.js static site generator in a short time

About Static Blog

“Static blog” is a blog that we create without using * backend *, so that we can deploy easily to various static hosts such as Github Pages, Netlify, Firebase, and others. This static blog usually uses templates like * Markdown * that will * build * shortly before * deploy * to produce static HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files.

What is Gridsome?

Gridsome Logo

Gridsome ↗️ is a new kid in the Vue.js ecosystem that specializes in creating static pages. If you are a React.js user, of course you are familiar with the name Gatsby ↗️ as one of the best static page generator at the moment. Well, Gridsome was very inspired by Gatsby in the React.js ecosystem.

It’s not new that the ecosystem in Vue is not as strong as and as complete as React, but I am always amazed by those who are struggling to make alternatives to many great things to react to Vue. Gridsome, like will follow the success of Nuxt in trying to adopt Next.js on React. Nuxt today has become the best choice when making an any application on Vue.

Why is Gridsome better than Nuxt?

Nuxt is basically intended to create web applications in Vue that require rendering on a server, Nuxt is more specifically very prepared to handle a variety of complex needs that usually arise when creating a web application. Although Nuxt has the ability to generate static files that we can use to create static blogs, actually this is a function that is nice to have for Nuxt.

While Gridsome is a player who has specialists in this section. Gridsome has generate features that are armed with various built-in other features needed when creating static blogs such as automatic code-splitting, image compression, full PWA support, and of course the very friendly with SEO. We can also easily organize our content files with Markdown without the need for any additional configuration. If you look at the Blog 2.0 repository↗️ that I made with Nuxt, of course you will know that I have to do various “cheats” to do the same thing.

How Gridsome Works
How Gridsome Works

Create awesome blog with Gridsome

Creating a blog with Gridsome is now made easier by the starter template which in my opinion is quite complete for the general needs of a blog.

Gridsome already make a starter gridsome-starter-blog ↗️ that you can use quickly and easily for the first time. Using a starter like this will reduce a lot of burden up front to do many configurations which of course will be confusing for beginners like me.

Here are more or less the steps to creating a blog using Gridsome’s template starter:

1. Install Gridsome CLI

$ npm install --global @gridsome/cli

2. Create new project using gridsome-starter-blog

$ gridsome create gridsome-blog https://github.com/gridsome/gridsome-starter-blog.git

3. Running in local environment

$ gridsome develop

4. Generate static files

$ gridsome build

You can see the results of creating a Blog with gridsome starter in the repository https://github.com/mazipan/gridsome-blog ↗️

Deploy to Netlify

To deploy Gridsome to Netlify is also very easy, even Gridsome also provides official documentation about the steps on the page deploy-to-netlify ↗️, which are more or less the following:

  1. Create new project in Netlify
  2. Adding command gridsome build in build command field
  3. Add directory dist in publish directory field
  4. You can see the result in https://gridsome-blog.netlify.com/ ↗️

Adding new article/post

  1. All articles are under /content/posts directory using Markdown file which has .md extension.
  2. We just add a new file with the file name which will later be the url of the article.
  3. Create a meta data for your new article, like the following example:
---
title: Create awesome blog with Gridsome
slug: create-awesome-blog-with-gridsome
date: '2019-03-14'
minute2read: 10
description: How to start creating awesome static Blogs using Gridsome - a Vue.js static site generator in a short time
author: mazipan
draft: false
tags: [javascript, gridsome]
---
  1. We can add images to related articles in the /content/posts/images directory, and simply link with the usual Markdown code like ![Image Alt](./images/logo-poster.png)
  2. We can change the configuration of the blog name and blog description in the gridsome.config.js file

Adding sitemap.xml support

Unfortunately, the default template has not been embedded in support to create sitemap.xml, so here we will add it ourselves in the following way:

  1. Adding dependency
yarn add @gridsome/plugin-sitemap
  1. Add siteUrl in the gridsome.config.js file with the production URL value from our blog
  2. Add a configuration for the sitemap in the gridsome.config.js file on the plugins property, as shown below:
module.exports = {
  plugins: [
    {
      use: '@gridsome/plugin-sitemap',
      options: {
        cacheTime: 600000, // default
        exclude: ['/exclude-me'],
        config: {
          '/articles/*': {
            changefreq: 'weekly',
            priority: 0.5
          },
          '/about': {
            changefreq: 'monthly',
            priority: 0.7
          }
        }
      }
    }
  ]
}

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