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MD. Ariful Alam
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Create Personal Portfolio Using Github Api with Blog

For a developer, a personal portfolio plays an important role to showcase his/her works, reach to potential clients or land a job. But making it requires a tremendous amount of works and time. Also maintaining it manually with the latest project is a pain.

What if you could create your portfolio in 5 minutes just by providing your Github username and even host it without any cost? Do you want to display your skills, job history, education history, or even dev.to posts to your website? Then you are in right place.

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Introducing ezProfile to kickstart your personal portfolio with Github Api and blog.

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Kickstart your personal portfolio with Github Api and blog.

ezProfile

ezProfile

A modern, responsive and customizable portfolio template for Developers!

https://arifszn.github.io/ezprofile

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ezProfile is an easy-to-customize personal dev portfolio template that is created with React.js. When you manage the code in a GitHub repository, it will automatically render a webpage with the owner's profile information, including a photo, bio, and repositories. Also, it includes space to highlight your details, job history, education history, skills, and recent blog posts.

It's all possible using GitHub API (for automatically populating your website with content) and Article-api (for fetching recent blog posts).

21 Themes
Google Analytics
Meta Tags
Avatar and Bio
Social Links
Skills
Experience
Education
Projects
Blog Posts

To view a live example, click here.

🛠 Installation & Set Up

These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine for development and testing purposes.

You'll…

ezProfile is an easy-to-customize personal dev portfolio template that is created with React.js. When you manage the code in a GitHub repository, it will automatically render a webpage with the owner's profile information, including a photo, bio, and repositories. Also, it includes space to highlight your details, job history, education history, skills, and recent blog posts.

It's all possible using GitHub API (for automatically populating your website with content) and Article-api (for fetching recent blog posts).

21 Themes
Google Analytics
Meta Tags
Avatar and Bio
Social Links
Skills
Experience
Education
Projects
Blog Posts

To view a live example, click here.

🛠 Installation & Set Up

These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine for development and testing purposes.

You'll need Git and Node.js (which comes with npm) installed on your computer.

  1. Fork the repo so you have your own project to customize. A "fork" is a copy of a repository.

  2. Once you've found a home for your forked repository, clone it.

  3. Change into your new directory.

cd ezprofile
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  1. Install dependencies
npm install
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  1. Start the development server
npm start
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🎨 Customization

All the magic happens in the file src/config. Open it and modify it according to your preference.

These are the default values:

config.js
// config.js
module.exports = {
  github: {
    username: 'arifszn', // Your GitHub org/user name. (Required)
    sortBy: 'stars', // stars | updated
    limit: 8, // How many projects to display.
    exclude: {
      forks: false, // Forked projects will not be displayed if set to true.
      projects: [] // These projects will not be displayed. example: ['my-project1', 'my-project2']
    }
  },
  social: {
    linkedin: '',
    twitter: '',
    facebook: '',
    dribbble: '',
    behance: '',
    medium: '',
    devto: '',
    website: '',
    email: ''
  },
  skills: [
    'JavaScript',
    'React.js',
  ],
  experiences: [
    {
      company: 'Company name 1',
      position: 'Software Engineer',
      from: 'July 2019',
      to: 'Present'
    },
    {
      company: 'Company name 2',
      position: 'Jr. Software Engineer',
      from: 'January 2019',
      to: ' June 2019'
    }
  ],
  education: [
    {
      institution: 'Institution name 1',
      degree: 'Bachelor of Science',
      from: '2015',
      to: '2019'
    },
    {
      institution: 'Institution name 2',
      degree: 'Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)',
      from: '2012',
      to: '2014',
    }
  ],
  blog: {
    // Display blog posts from your medium or dev.to account. (Optional)
    source: 'dev.to', // medium | dev.to
    username: 'arifszn',
    limit: 5 // How many posts to display. Max is 10.
  },
  googleAnalytics: {
    // GA3 tracking id/GA4 tag id
    id: '' // UA-XXXXXXXXX-X | G-XXXXXXXXXX
  },
  themeConfig: {
    default: 'light',

    // Hides the theme change switch
    // Useful if you want to support a single color mode
    disableSwitch: false,

    // Should we use the prefers-color-scheme media-query,
    // using user system preferences, instead of the hardcoded default
    respectPrefersColorScheme: true,

    // Available themes. To remove any theme, exclude from here.
    themes: [
      'light',
      'dark',
      'cupcake',
      'bumblebee',
      'emerald',
      'corporate',
      'synthwave',
      'retro',
      'cyberpunk',
      'valentine',
      'halloween',
      'garden',
      'forest',
      'aqua',
      'lofi',
      'pastel',
      'fantasy',
      'wireframe',
      'black',
      'luxury',
      'dracula'
    ]
  }
}
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Themes

There are 21 themes available that can be selected from the dropdown.

The default theme can be specified.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  themeConfig: {
    default: 'light',
    // ...
  }
}
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Theme Dropdown

Here are some screenshots of different themes.

Themes

Themes

Themes

Themes

Themes

Themes

Google Analytics

ezFolio supports both GA3 and GA4. If you do not want to use Google Analytics, keep the id empty.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  googleAnalytics: {
    id: ''
  },
}
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Besides tracking visitors, ezFolio will track click events on projects and blog posts, and send them to Google Analytics.

Google Analytics

Meta Tags

Meta tags will be auto-generated from configs dynamically. However, you can also manually add meta tags in public\index.html

Avatar and Bio

Your github avatar and bio will be displayed here.

Avatar Bio

Social Links

ezProfile supports linking your social media services you're using, including LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Dribbble, Behance, Medium, dev.to, personal website, and email.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  social: {
    linkedin: 'ariful-alam',
    twitter: 'arif_swozon',
    facebook: '',
    dribbble: '',
    behance: '',
    medium: '',
    devto: '',
    website: 'https://arifszn.github.io',
    email: ''
  },
}
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Skills

To showcase your skills provide them here.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  skills: [
    'JavaScript',
    'React.js',
  ],
}
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Empty array will hide the skills section.

Experience

Provide your job history in experiences.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  experiences: [
    {
      company: 'Company name 1',
      position: 'Software Engineer',
      from: 'July 2019',
      to: 'Present'
    },
    {
      company: 'Company name 2',
      position: 'Jr. Software Engineer',
      from: 'January 2019',
      to: ' June 2019'
    }
  ],
}
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Empty array will hide the experience section.

Education

Provide your education history in education.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  education: [
    {
      institution: 'Institution name 1',
      degree: 'Bachelor of Science',
      from: '2015',
      to: '2019'
    },
    {
      institution: 'Institution name 2',
      degree: 'Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)',
      from: '2012',
      to: '2014',
    }
  ],
}
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Empty array will hide the education section.

Projects

Your public repo from github will be displayed here automatically. You can limit how many projects do you want to be displayed. Also, you can hide forked or specific repo.

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  github: {
    username: 'arifszn',
    sortBy: 'stars',
    limit: 8,
    exclude: {
      forks: false,
      projects: ['my-project1', 'my-project2']
    }
  },
}
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Blog Posts

If you have medium or dev.to account, you can show your recent blog posts in here just by providing your medium/dev.to username. You can limit how many posts to display (Max is 10).

// config.js
module.exports = {
  // ...
  blog: {
    source: 'dev.to',
    username: 'arifszn',
    limit: 5
  },
}
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Blog

The posts are fetched by Article-api.

🚀 Deploy

Once you are done with your setup and have completed all steps above, you need to put your website online! The fastest approach is to use GitHub Pages which is completely free.

1. Github Pages:

  • Rename your forked repository to username.github.io, where username is your GitHub username (or organization name).
  • Open package.json, and change homepage's value to username.github.io.

    // package.json
    {
      // ...
      "homepage": "username.github.io",
    }
    
  • Run npm run deploy.

  • If you see README.md at username.github.io, be sure to change your GitHub Page's source to gh-pages branch. See how to.

Your personal portfolio will be live at username.github.io. For more info, visit here.

2. Other: You can also host your website to Netlify, Vercel, Heroku, or other popular services. Please refer to this doc for a detailed deployment guide.


Repo: https://github.com/arifszn/ezprofile
Demo: https://arifszn.github.io/ezprofile
Check out my other works: https://github.com/arifszn

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