Carson Gibbons is the Co-Founder & CMO of Cosmic JS, an API-first Cloud-based Content Management Platform that decouples content from code, allowing devs to build slick apps and websites in any programming language they want.
In this blog I will show you how to pick up an existing website example and curtail it into your own, beautiful Next.js website for publishing content and easy updates. This React Universal Website is built using the Next.js framework. Code is shared between the client and server making development a breeze. Add Cosmic JS-powered content and you’re taking your website to the Next.js level.
Next.js is an amazing new addition to the React open-source ecosystem. It is “a minimalistic framework for universal server-rendered React applications” that makes the process of building these types of applications much faster and easier.
If you haven’t already, get started by Signing Up for Cosmic JS. Helpful resources are provided below to streamline your development operations.
CREATE A NEW BUCKET
Your bucket’s name is the name of your website, project, client or web application that you are building.
INSTALL THE NEXT.JS APP
Once you’ve signed up and named your bucket, you’ll be prompted to start from scratch or “see some apps”. For this blog I simply clicked the right button to “see some apps” so that I could begin the installation process for the Next.js Website.
DEPLOY TO WEB
I clicked “Deploy to Web”. I can then start editing my Global Objects, Object Types and Pages while my web application is deploying. You will receive an email confirming the deployment of your web application. If you encounter any issues during deployment, you may be routed to the Cosmic JS Troubleshooting Page.
EDIT GLOBAL OBJECTS, OBJECT TYPES AND OBJECTS
Editing is a dream come true in the Cosmic JS Dashboard. To read more about how Cosmic JS was built with editing content in mind, read Building With the Content Editor in Mind.