React Blog - SEO friendly responsive React Isomorphic Blog. Allows custom content creation with Markdown, HTML, CSS, JS and React Components.
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React Blog

This project provides a responsive SEO friendly React isomorphic blog.



The following link contains demo content for the blog. These examples are packaged into the current code base. Demo

Code for this project

The code for this project is located on Github here

How to run

  1. Install Gulp - npm install -g gulp
  2. npm install to install dependencies.
  3. Run gulp build-all to build the code.
  4. Run gulp nodemon to start the server.
  5. Go to http://localhost:9080/
  6. You can optionally run gulp watch to auto bundle your code changes on update.


The configuration for React Blog is stored in config.js It has the following options:

  • port - The port that your server is listening on, the default port is 9080
  • baseUrl - The baseUrl that is used for all Ajax requests. The hostname used in the baseUrl must be resolvable on the server side. You may need to update your servers host file to accomplish this. The default base url is http://localhost:9080
  • pageTitle - The text that appears in the top left home link for the blog. The default value is React Blog
  • itemsPerPage - The amount of list items to display per page. The The default value is 5
  • maxPageButtons - The maximum amount of paging buttons to display in list view before collapsing. The default value is 3
  • googleAnalyticsId - If you add a google analytics id then all page views will be tracked into the analytics account

Developing Blog content

All Blog content is configured in public/static/posts.json. posts.json contains two fields postListContent and posts


Contains three fields:

  • header - This is the header that appears in the post list view. This value is text only.
  • content - This is the description that appears in the post list view. You may use html in this field.
  • metaDescription - This is the meta description tag that is used for seo in list view.


Contains seven fields, some are optional:

  • id - A unique id for the article, this will not be seen by anyone.

  • slug - The url format for the article post. This cannot contain spaces.

  • metaDescription (Optional) - This is the meta description tag that is used for seo when the article is shown.

  • description (Optional) - This is a string containing html content for your post. This should only be used if you are not including a file.

  • includes (Optional) - This is a JSON array of include objects.

    Each include object has the following fields:

    • type - Valid types are as follows:
      • css - custom styles to apply to the article. Every article inherits bootstrap 3 css by default.
      • html - custom html content for your post.
      • js - custom javascript content for your post
      • md - a markdown file for your post
      • jsx - a React component to use for your post. You can write custom React components and import them into your React component using commonJS. You can only import one jsx file in the includes for a post.
    • path - The absolute path in reference to the public/directory eg. /static/md/
  • author - This is a JSON object with two fields. Each field is optional, but you must include an author object even if its empty.

    • photo - The absolute path in reference to the public/directory for an image eg. /images/jonathan.jpg
    • name - A text value for an authors name

Content Recommendations and Explanations

The Blog currently has three primary options for rendering content.

  1. Using a markdown file.
  2. Using static html, css and js.
  3. Using React Bootstrap and your own React components for dynamic content.

Using a markdown file

This is the easiest way to generate custom markup. Include all of your markdown in one file. The React Blog application will parse your Markdown file and generate styled html content that is displayed to the user. See the first post in public/static/posts.json for a sample configuration.

Using static html, css and js

You can include custom html, css and js for a blog post. If you wish to import a library to use in your js file(JQuery) then you must do this asynchronously. See the second post in public/static/posts.json for sample code.

Using React Bootstrap and your own React components for dynamic content

You may use custom React components for a blog post. This blog application was built using React Bootstrap and you may use React Bootstrap components out of the Box. See the third post in public/static/posts.json for sample code.

React Bootstrap documentation

React Bootstrap is an ongoing project so documentation you encounter online may not be applicable to the version that this Blog is currently using. We have bundled the version that we are using with this repo. To generate the documentation you can do the following:

  1. Go to react-bootstrap-0.26.4
  2. run npm run docs and navigate your browser to http://localhost:4000/components.html.
  3. You should now be able to view all of the components and sample code. You can read react-bootstrap-0.26.4/docs/ for more information.