How to Build a JAMstack Website using Vue.js, Nuxt.js and Cosmic
Note: This article has been archived as it may contain features or techniques not supported with the latest version of Cosmic.
We are building a JAMstack website with the powerful APIs of Cosmic. This website is about fitness and the body. The first page is dynamic with some navigations provided by Vue.js. On the left side navigation, you will find the link to the blog, whose data is also coming from the Cosmic via the Cosmic APIs. Let's start now with the requirements.
The one and the only requirement is Node.js. Install it on your system to run npm commands.
Here we are using npm but you can also use yarn to install packages. So if you have installed above software, run the following command to a quick start:
npx create-nuxt-app jamstack_app;
Here jamstack_app is your desired name of the app. Now go to the root of the created folder, and run the following command to run it in development:
npm run dev
Now visit: http://localhost:3000/ to view the project in development mode.
Learn more about Nuxt.js quick starter kit here: Nuxt.js Starter Kit
After creating the app, you will get the same folder structure as given in the picture:
Let's explain the main folders and files of this structure. package.json file contains the record of all modules installed in your project. Static folder contains the static files used in the project like logo and images. Pages folder contains the pages like home page and blog etc. node_modules has all modules installed and layout contains styling of the project. Config folder is created by us to save the config.js file which will be used at the time dynamic requests to the Cosmic server.
For this, you need a Cosmic account. Sign up for Cosmic official website, it is totally free. Then create a free bucket and create your first object type: 'blogs'. Or you can import a built-in bucket, way to import it is given in the below heading.
Now click the basic setting option in your dashboard, it will open your basic setting page as shown above. Note down your bucket slug, bucket_id. Now generate the read and write keys and save them on your computer. Now save them in your project also. For this create a config folder and create a config.js file in it and save as given below:
If you don't want to create a new bucket, then you have an option to import a readymade bucket. For this, download the bucket.json file from our Git codebase and import it from your dashboard from the Import/Export option, check below image for visual help:
Let's get started with the first page that is the home page. In this we will render the dynamic data from Cosmic server with APIs, it will show you the Vue.js part of the website. Here we are going to write the detail of our website and will implement navigation in the header of the website as well as in the bottom part will give a button to navigate to blog. Check out the code of homepage at location:
This page is a template plus vue.js code and pure dynamic in nature. Here we applied a link at the bottom which navigates to the blog page and this blog page is also pure dynamic in nature.
The Layout of the Website
The complete layout of the app is coded in a single file for good structure. Here we are customizing the header, footer and other color schemes of the app. Check out the code for layout
Here we defined the body color of the website along with the header, footer, and navigational effects. In the navigation, we have given route to blog page and route to the home page as well. In the header of the app, we have given navigation to home to the title of the website.
This is the second page of our website, it handles the dynamic fetching of the data from Cosmic server with the help of Cosmic APIs. First of all, check the code and then we will explain it. Code is placed at the location:
In the codebase, check out the static folder. As the name describes, it contains the static data and in our case, it contains the static images of our project. As you know our front page id totally static, image shown on the front page resides in this folder. In the same way, any static image or logo which will be used in the project must be placed here.
What Have We Built?
We have built a JAMstack website with the powerful APIs of Cosmic. In JAMstack:
- 'A 'stands for API, here Cosmic used as the API part of JAM,
- Meaning of 'M' is Markup, here Nuxt.js is used as the markup.
Here the main part is the API part, we have made a GET request with the help of which and got the quick response. This request made with the help of axios module and then JSON data manipulated easily. Format of the Cosmic API response is very simple to handle.
Deployment to Netlify
We have built an app with Vue.js, Nuxt.js, and Cosmic, but it is not a pure JAMstack app until we can deploy the static assets to a CDN. For this example, we will deploy it to the serverless backend service provider Netlify.
Install the Netlify CLI and Nuxt CLI:
npm i -g netlify-cli npm i -g nuxt
Build the static files
npm run build
Then deploy to Netlify. You will be prompted to select the folder. Type
dist to deploy the
With the help of Cosmic you can create powerful applications. In this example, we were able to build a JAMstack application with the API power of Cosmic. If you have any comments or questions about building apps with Cosmic, reach out to us on Twitter and join the conversation on Slack.
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