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Gatsby Starter Contentful Homepage

Create a homepage using Gatsby and Contentful. This starter demonstrates how to use Contentful to build a homepage and can be customized to match your own visual branding.

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Note: This version of the Contentful homepage starter is written in JavaScript. If you want to use Contentful but TypeScript is more your style, there is also a TypeScript version maintained on GitHub.

Quick start

You will need a new or existing Contentful space to use this starter and will be asked for your Space ID, Content Management API Key (also referred to as a Personal Access Token) and Content Delivery API Key during installation.

Note: Since this project was first released, Contentful has adjusted the amount of content types allowed in a free space. As a result, the default data set used for this starter has the About page content types and content omitted.

If you already have a paid Contentful space, you can utilize the data set that includes the About page content by renaming scripts/data-with-about-page.json to /scripts/data.json before running the yarn gatsby-provision command.

  1. Create a Gatsby site

    Use the Gatsby CLI to get started locally:

    npx gatsby new my-homepage
  2. Run the Contentful setup script

    From your site's root directory, run:

    cd my-homepage
    yarn setup

    This will run a script to populate your Contentful space's content model and add demo content.

  3. Start developing

    In your site directory, start the development server:

    yarn start

    Your site should now be running at http://localhost:8000

  4. Open the source code and start editing

Deploy your site

Once your content is available in Contentful, deploy your site to Gatsby Cloud:

  1. Push your local site to a new repo in either GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket
  2. Log into your Gatsby Cloud Dashboard and click on Add a site
  3. Use the Import from a Git repository option to find your site
  4. Add the environment variables from your .env.production file to Gatsby Cloud during setup
  5. Click Build site and your site should start building

For a more detailed walkthrough, see the tutorial on how to build your site with Gatsby Cloud.

Deploy without using the CLI

Alternatively, you can deploy this starter directly to Gatsby Cloud.

This repository uses the gatsby-provision convention to allow for automatic CMS content provisioning during the Deploy Now flow in Gatsby Cloud. After you Quick Connect Contentful to your site, you will be given the option to run the gatsby-provision script to populate the selected Contentful space with the site's associated content model and content.

Otherwise, you can always set up your content in Contentful manually before deploying to Gatsby Cloud.

Deploy to Gatsby

Setting up Gatsby Cloud Preview

To use Gatsby Cloud Preview with this site, see the documentation for Installing Content Sync for Contentful.

What's included?

├── gatsby-config.js
├── gatsby-node.js
├── src
│   ├── components
│   ├── pages
│   ├── colors.css.ts
│   ├── styles.css.ts
│   └── theme.css.ts
└── .env.EXAMPLE
  1. gatsby-config.js: Gatsby config file that includes plugins required for this starter.
  2. gatsby-node.js: Gatsby Node config file that creates an abstract data model for the homepage content.
  3. src/: The source directory for the starter, including pages, components, and Vanilla Extract files for styling.

How to

Update the color theme

To update the colors used in this starter, edit the src/colors.css.ts file.

// src/colors.css.ts
export const colors = {
  background: "#ffd500",
  text: "#005bbb",
  primary: "#005bbb",
  muted: "#f5cc00",
  active: "#004287",
  black: "#000",

If you'd like to add additional colors, add additional keys to this object. This file is imported into src/theme.css.ts and creates CSS custom properties, that can be imported and used in other .css.ts files.

The UI components file src/components/ui.js imports styles from src/components/ui.css.ts. You can see how the theme and color values are being used in this file.

Add your logo


Replace the src/components/brand-logo.js component with your own brand logo. If you have an SVG version, it can be rendered inline as a React component, following the example in this file. Note that SVG attributes will need to be camel cased for JSX.

Using an inline SVG for the logo allows it to pick up the colors used in CSS, which is how the logo colors are inverted for the mobile menu.

If you prefer to use an image, use the StaticImage component from gatsby-plugin-image in place of the SVG in this file.

Customize headings, buttons, and other styles

Headings & Buttons

To further customize the look and feel of the homepage, edit the UI components in src/components/ui.js and styles in src/components/ui.css.ts.

Customize section components

To customize any of the sections of the homepage, edit the relevant component in src/components. Most of the styles for these components are handled with shared UI components in src/components/ui.js.

Create custom section components

To create a new type of section in your homepage, you'll want to create a new section component, using the existing components as an example. For this example, we'll create a new "Banner" component.

  1. First, update your content model in Contentful

    1. In your Contentful space, create a new content type and call it "Homepage Banner."

      Step 1
    2. For this example, add two fields to your new content type: heading and text – these can be Short text types.

      Step 2 Step 3 Step 4
    3. Find the content type for Homepage in Contentful and edit the settings for the Content field. Under Validation, ensure that the new Homepage Banner type is checked to make it available as a content type on the Homepage.

      Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
    4. Navigate to the Content tab to edit the Homepage and add a section with this new Homepage Banner content type.

      Step 8 Step 9
  2. Update gatsby-node.js

    Edit your site's gatsby-node.js file, adding an interface for HomepageBanner that matches your content model in Contentful. This allows the homepage to query the abstract HomepageBanner type.

    // in gatsby-node.js
    exports.createSchemaCustomization = async ({ actions }) => {
      // ...
        interface HomepageBanner implements Node & HomepageBlock {
          id: ID!
          blocktype: String
          heading: String
          text: String
      // ...
        type ContentfulHomepageBanner implements Node & HomepageBanner & HomepageBlock @dontInfer {
          id: ID!
          blocktype: String @blocktype
          heading: String
          text: String
      // ...
  3. Next, create the Banner component:

    // src/components/banner.js
    import * as React from "react"
    import { graphql } from "gatsby"
    import { Section, Container, Heading, Text } from "./ui"
    export default function Banner(props) {
      return (
    export const query = graphql`
      fragment HomepageBannerContent on HomepageBanner {
  4. Export the component from src/components/sections.js

    // src/components/sections.js
    export { default as HomepageHero } from "./hero"
    export { default as HomepageFeature } from "./feature"
    export { default as HomepageFeatureList } from "./feature-list"
    export { default as HomepageLogoList } from "./logo-list"
    export { default as HomepageBenefitList } from "./benefit-list"
    export { default as HomepageTestimonialList } from "./testimonial-list"
    export { default as HomepageStatList } from "./stat-list"
    export { default as HomepageCta } from "./cta"
    export { default as HomepageProductList } from "./product-list"
    // add export for new component
    export { default as HomepageBanner } from "./banner"
  5. Add the GraphQL query fragment to the query in src/pages/index.js

    // in src/pages/index.js
    export const query = graphql`
        homepage {
          image {
          blocks: content {
            # New component fragment


Errors after making changes to the schema

If you've made changes to the gatsby-node.js file or changes to the Contentful data model, clear the Gatsby cache before running the develop server:

yarn clean && yarn start

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