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Netlify Status

Note: This starter uses Gatsby v4.

This repo contains an example business website that is built with Gatsby, and Decap CMS: Demo Link.

It follows the JAMstack architecture by using Git as a single source of truth, and Netlify for continuous deployment, and CDN distribution.


  • A simple landing page with blog functionality built with Decap CMS
  • Editable Pages: Landing, About, Product, Blog-Collection and Contact page with Netlify Form support
  • Create Blog posts from decap CMS
  • Tags: Separate page for posts under each tag
  • Basic directory organization
  • Uses Bulma for styling, but size is reduced by gatsy-plugin-purgecss
  • Blazing fast loading times thanks to pre-rendered HTML and automatic chunk loading of JS files
  • Uses gatsby-plugin-image with Decap CMS preview support
  • Separate components for everything
  • Netlify deploy configuration
  • Netlify function support, see netlify/functions folder
  • Perfect score on Lighthouse for SEO, Accessibility and Performance (wip:PWA)
  • ..and more


Getting Started (Recommended)

Decap CMS can run in any frontend web environment, but the quickest way to try it out is by running it on a pre-configured starter site with Netlify. The example here is the Kaldi coffee company template (adapted from One Click Hugo CMS). Use the button below to build and deploy your own copy of the repository:

Deploy to Netlify

After clicking that button, youll authenticate with GitHub and choose a repository name. Netlify will then automatically create a repository in your GitHub account with a copy of the files from the template. Next, it will build and deploy the new site on Netlify, bringing you to the site dashboard when the build is complete. Next, youll need to set up Netlifys Identity service to authorize users to log in to the CMS.

Access Locally

Pulldown a local copy of the Github repository Netlify created for you, with the name you specified in the previous step

$ git clone[GITHUB_USERNAME]/[REPO_NAME].git
$ cd [REPO_NAME]
$ yarn
$ netlify dev # or ntl dev

This uses Netlify Dev CLI feature to serve any functions you have in the netlify/functions folder.

To test the CMS locally, you'll need to run a production build of the site:

$ npm run build
$ netlify dev # or ntl dev

Media Libraries (installed, but optional)

Media Libraries have been included in this starter as a default. If you are not planning to use Uploadcare or Cloudinary in your project, you can remove them from module import and registration in src/cms/cms.js. Here is an example of the lines to comment or remove them your project.

import CMS from "netlify-cms-app";
// import uploadcare from 'netlify-cms-media-library-uploadcare'
// import cloudinary from 'netlify-cms-media-library-cloudinary'

import AboutPagePreview from "./preview-templates/AboutPagePreview";
import BlogPostPreview from "./preview-templates/BlogPostPreview";
import ProductPagePreview from "./preview-templates/ProductPagePreview";
import IndexPagePreview from "./preview-templates/IndexPagePreview";

// CMS.registerMediaLibrary(uploadcare);
// CMS.registerMediaLibrary(cloudinary);

CMS.registerPreviewTemplate("index", IndexPagePreview);
CMS.registerPreviewTemplate("about", AboutPagePreview);
CMS.registerPreviewTemplate("products", ProductPagePreview);
CMS.registerPreviewTemplate("blog", BlogPostPreview);

Note: Don't forget to also remove them from package.json and yarn.lock / package-lock.json using yarn or npm. During the build netlify-cms-app will bundle the media libraries as well, having them removed will save you build time. Example:

yarn remove netlify-cms-media-library-uploadcare


yarn remove netlify-cms-media-library-cloudinary

Getting Started (Without Netlify)

$ gatsby new [SITE_DIRECTORY_NAME]
$ npm run build
$ npm run start

Setting up the CMS

Follow the Decap CMS Quick Start Guide to set up authentication, and hosting for production.

If you want use Decap CMS locally, run the site in one terminal with npm run start and in another Terminal you can use npx netlify-cms-proxy-server which proxy requests so you'll be automatically logged in as a user on http:localhost:3000/admin.


Windows users, who aren't using WSL, might encounter node-gyp errors when trying to npm install. To resolve, make sure that you have both Python 2.7 and the Visual C++ build environment installed.

npm config set python python2.7
npm install --global --production windows-build-tools

Full details here.

MacOS and WSL users who might also encounter some errors, check node-gyp for more info. We recommend using the latest stable node version.


This plugin uses gatsby-plugin-purgecss and bulma. The bulma builds are usually ~170K but reduced 90% by purgecss.


Contributions are always welcome, no matter how large or small. Before contributing, please read the code of conduct.

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