Netlify Next.js Blog Template designed by Bejamas

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A customizable blog starter using:

  • Next.js v12
  • Tailwind v3.0
  • Built-in MDX v1 support
  • Includes modern design with dark & light themes

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Preview of blog theme. Author named Jay Doe and blog's name is "Next.js Blog Theme" with one blog post

Click here to watch the template walkthrough!

Getting Started

You can get started with this project in two ways: locally or using the setup wizard.

Setting Up Locally

If you’re doing it locally, start with clicking the use this template button on GitHub. This will create a new repository with this template’s files on your GitHub account. Once that is done, clone your new repository and navigate to it in your terminal.

From there, you can install the project’s dependencies by running:

yarn install

Finally, you can run your project locally with:

yarn run dev

Open your browser and visit http://localhost:3000, your project should be running!

Using the Setup Wizard

Preview of Setup Wizard showing the initial page of a setup form

Through the setup wizard, you can create your blog in a few clicks and deploy to Netlify.

Configuring the blog

The config is based on environment variables to make it easy to integrate with any Jamstack platform, like Netlify.

Here are the variables you can edit:

Variable Description Options
BLOG_NAME the name of your blog, displayed below the avatar
BLOG_TITLE the main header (h1) on the home page
BLOG_FOOTER_TEXT the text in the footer
BLOG_THEME the theme to pass to Tailwind default
BLOG_FONT_HEADINGS the font-family for all HTML headings, from h1 to h6 sans-serif (default), serif, monospace
BLOG_FONT_PARAGRAPHS the font-family for all other HTML elements sans-serif (default), serif, monospace

All of the env variables can be configured through the Wizard or through setting the project’s environment variables. You can do this in your Netlify dashaboard (Site settings/Build & deploy/Environment/Environment variables).


[alt: video walkthrough of editing env vars]

If setting an environment variable isn’t your cup of tea, the defaults can be changed in utils/global-data.js. You can also remove the variables and hard code blog information where these variables are used in the code base.

Adding new posts

All posts are stored in /posts directory. To make a new post, create a new file with the .mdx extension.

Since the posts are written in MDX format you can pass props and components. That means you can use React components inside your posts to make them more interactive. Learn more about how to do so in the MDX docs on content.


[alt: video walkthrough of adding a new blog post]