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AXII - A Gatsby blog theme

AXII - A Gatsby blog theme

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  • Markdown/MDX support
  • Material UI
  • Code syntax highlighter
  • Responsive images
  • Aloglia search with partial updates
  • Light/Dark mode
  • SEO
  • RSS
  • Sitemap
  • Sentry support
  • Twitter & Youtube embeds support

Example site - source code

You can find the example site code in packages/site directory.

How to use the theme

  1. Create a new directory and add package.json file with this content:
  "private": true,
  "name": "blog",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "license": "MIT",
  "scripts": {
    "build": "gatsby build",
    "develop": "gatsby develop",
    "clean": "gatsby clean"
  1. Installation
npm install gatsby @eshlox/gatsby-theme-axii
  1. Create an Algolia application and configure three API keys.
  2. admin API key for indexing
  3. search API key
  4. search API key for dev environment

Algolia - API keys

  1. Create .env file to provide Algolia credentials.
  1. Configuration.

Create a gatsby-config.js file, use the configuration below and modify it to your needs.

// Loads environment variables from a .env file into process.env

const options = {
  // The directory with blog posts (markdown/mdx files)
  contentPosts: "content/posts",
  // The site configuration
  siteMetadata: {
    // The site URL
    siteUrl: ``,
    // The index page title
    siteTitle: `Homepage`,
    // The site description
    siteDescription: `Very simple blog theme.`,
    // Author data
    author: {
      nickname: `eshlox`,
      // Author name. It's added to each page title.
      name: `Foo Bar`,
      firstName: "AXII",
      lastName: "A Gatsby theme",
      email: ``,
      site: ``,
      gender: "male",
    // Social accounts. Remove to disable.
    social: {
      twitter: {
        handle: "@eshlox",
        url: "",
      github: {
        url: "",
      linkedin: {
        url: "",
      telegram: {
        url: "",
    // Data used for the manifest page file
    manifest: {
      name: `AXII - A Gatsby blog theme`,
      short_name: `AXII`,
    // Data used to display support component. Remove to disable.
    support: {
      buymeacoffee: {
        url: "",
    // Comments services. Remove to disable.
    comments: {
      disqus: {
        shortname: "axii-a-gatsby-theme",
    // Alogolia application ID and credentials
    search: {
      algolia: {
        posts: {
          applicationId: process.env.ALGOLIA_APPLICATION_ID,
          searchApiKey: process.env.ALGOLIA_SEARCH_API_KEY,
          adminApiKey: process.env.ALGOLIA_ADMIN_API_KEY,
          indexName: process.env.ALGOLIA_INDEX_NAME,
    errorReporting: {
      sentry: {
        dsn: process.env.SENTRY_DSN_URL,

const plugins = [
    resolve: "@eshlox/gatsby-theme-axii",

module.exports = {
  1. Run the development server.
npm run develop
  1. Build the site.
npm run build

Index page

To build the index page, create an index.mdx file in content/pages directory. It supports MDX so you can import and use all components. Components from src/components are available automatically. Example:

import Typography from "@material-ui/core/Typography";
import { GatsbySeo } from "gatsby-plugin-next-seo";

<GatsbySeo title="Homepage" />

<Typography variant="h1" component="h1" align="center">


![AXII logo](./images/avatar.png "AXII logo")

## A Gatsby blog theme.


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Open Graph images

File Description
static/og-default.png Image for / and /blog
static/og-article.png Image for all blog posts

Site favicon.

Add icon.png (favicon) file to the content/images directory.

Blog posts

By default, blog posts should be stored in the content/posts directory. Example structure:

└── posts
    └── 2019
        ├── music-from-aladdin-2019
        │   └── index.mdx
        ├── photos-from-unsplash
        │   ├── images
        │   │   ├── carly-johnston-ndsA009eNy8-unsplash.jpg
        │   │   ├── eberhard-grossgasteiger-iYyfRNIgckk-unsplash.jpg
        │   │   ├── jamie-fenn-kj7Gp4LIvtw-unsplash.jpg
        │   │   └── todd-trapani-kLKg4fJlmqM-unsplash.jpg
        │   └── index.mdx
        └── twitter-test
            └── index.mdx

Example post file:

title: Post title
date: 2019-11-05
categories: ["category"]
tags: ["tag1", "tag2"]
language: en
slug: post-title
comments: false

Post body.
Key Required Default Value Description
title True Post title
date True Post creation date
categories False List of the post categories
tags False List of the post tags
language False en Post language
slug False Autogenerated from title Post slug (used in URL)
comments False True Enable/disable comments