Ramblings in Web Dev

GatsbyJS with Netlify

May 02, 2019

What is it?

  • Static site generator built on React
  • Pull data from markdown, text, apis
  • Takes data and creates super fast sites

Gatsby Architecture

Why should I use it?

  • Tonnes of starter packs
  • Massive set of plugins
  • Excellent documentation (great react intro)
  • Fast + SEO optimized
  • Entire directory already scafolded in starters


  • No webpack set up needed
  • Supports graphql out of the box
  • Routing comes included
  • Hot Reloading
  • Cloud functions
  • Form submissions

Plugins - Tell me more

  • Plugins for

    • seo (react helmet)
    • lazy load images
    • scss loader
    • google fond loader
    • markdown formatting
  • Think of plugins as a way to remove monsterous webpack configs


npm install --save gatsby-transformer-remark

Then in your gatsby-config.js:

plugins: [
    resolve: `gatsby-transformer-remark`,
    options: {
      // CommonMark mode (default: true)
      commonmark: true,
      // Footnotes mode (default: true)
      footnotes: true,
      // Pedantic mode (default: true)
      pedantic: true,
      // GitHub Flavored Markdown mode (default: true)
      gfm: true,
      // Plugins configs
      plugins: [],

… I have my gatsby site, now what?



  • Hosting for static sites
  • Free ssl (needed for .dev)
  • Watch your repo + deploy
  • Branches can deploy to a url
  • Live stream local dev to test url
  • Hook up to dns to allow for easy creation of subdomains, reverse proxy


  1. https://tcollins.dev/gatsby-with-netlify/

Deploy starter blog to Netlify

  1. Download your repo and install

    npm install -g gatsby-cli
    git clone https://github.com/{userName}/gatsby-starter-blog.git
    cd gatsby-starter-blog/
    npm i
    vscode .
    gatsby develop
  2. Create a page - add file under pages

    import React from 'react'
    export default () => {
    return <h1>
      Welcome to my site
  3. Push to repo

    git add .
    git commit -m "my first page"
    git push origin master
  4. Go back to netlify site to view deploy

I'm Tom Collins a Web Developer based Dublin. I build web pages and online tools for HubSpot.