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Wiz Lee
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Using DEV as CMS by connecting with Stackbit

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Confession πŸ—£

This is a confession - I deviated from my goal of automatically redeploy my site whenever I posted a new DEV article. I became a wandererπŸ‘¨β€πŸš€. I wander into admiring with how clean looks, and the elegant background of

OK, wanderer is an exaggeration because everything mentioned below is the result of attempting to achieve the goal. Nonetheless, I did feel that I moves at a 🐌 speed as compared to the progress made in my previous posts in the series.

With the mini venting out of the way, I did learnt about Frontmatter and Stackbit during the process of figuring out how to redeploy my static site whenever a new article is posted. These two are the sharing of this article.


Shall keep this section short as found that this article by coffeecodeclimb explained it nicely.

In a single sentence - Frontmatter is the first and topmost section of a markdown document enclosed in two triple dash --- lines, with YAML syntax content. Example as below:

title: Frontmatter as short as possible
tags: [code, frontmatter, blog, yaml]
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I first came across Stackbit when reading beeman's dev article on automating your dev posts using github-actions.

The majority of the articles online intend to ultimately use git as the content management system, including beeman's article above. However I am not yet ready for that step and I intend to still store my articles exclusively in DEV.

This is where the mentioned of Stackbit in the article becomes of interest. Quoted:

The build on Netlify happens in one of two occasions:
when my content on DEV updates or when the GitHub repo updates.

That is exactly what I aimed for and best still there's no need for an extra Github action, or Travis CI and Pipedream as explained in other excellent articles.

At first I tried the "Import Site" feature of Stackbit in hope that it will work out of the box, unfortunately it failed and I yet to wrap my head around on the failure.

Then, I attempted to create a fresh site from the Stackbit dashboard in order to understand more about how the DEV integration works. I only able to figure out how to do that after reading this DEV guide -

The rest of the steps are very intuitive, the site will be live after following the on-screen instructions by connecting to services such as Netlify & Github. Example site using the 'Fresh' theme -

Next up, figure out how the Stackbit Dev Integration works and implement it into!

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