ng-static-site-generator is a webpack-based command line build tool that builds an Angular app and Jekyll-style blog entry html files into a static html and css website. It also supports building a client app so you can have static pages that are also capable of running dynamic functionality coded in Angular.
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ng-static-site-generator

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ng-static-site-generator is a tool for building an Angular app and blog entries into a static html and css website. Building a client app to support dynamic functionality in the browser is also supported.

There is a starter project available. See kevinphelps/kevinphelps.me for another example.

Features

  • Build an Angular app and blog entries into a static html and css website.
  • Build a client app to support dynamic functionality in the browser.
  • Watch build mode to automatically rebuild the site after changes.
  • Generate blog pages from source files written in markdown.
  • AOT build support for the client app to reduce bundle size.
  • Server for testing the website when developing and writing blog entries. (firebase serve is a good alternative.)

Installation

Clone the starter project to get started fast!

yarn add [--exact] ng-static-site-generator or npm install --save-dev [--save-exact] ng-static-site-generator

The following peerDependencies are required:

{
  "dependencies": {
    "@angular/animations": ">4.0.0",
    "@angular/common": ">4.0.0",
    "@angular/core": ">4.0.0",
    "@angular/http": ">4.0.0",
    "@angular/platform-browser": ">4.0.0",
    "@angular/platform-server": ">4.0.0",
    "@angular/router": ">4.0.0",
    "reflect-metadata": ">0.1.0",
    "rxjs": ">5.0.0",
    "typescript": ">2.3.0",
    "zone.js": ">0.8.0"
  }
}

CLI Commands

  • ng-static-site-generator build: Builds the static site.
  • ng-static-site-generator build --prod: Builds the static site for production (AOT compilation, minify js and html).
  • ng-static-site-generator watch: Builds the static site and rebuilds after changes.

Configuration

ng-static-static-generator is configured via a file named ng-static-static-generator.json at the root of the project.

{
  "distPath": "./dist", // This is where the site will be generated.
  "blogPath": "./src/blog", // This is the folder where your blog entries are located.
  "stylesPath": "./src/styles.scss", // This is the file that contains your global styles.
  "templatePath": "./src/index.html", // This is your template html file. This is passed to HtmlWebpackPlugin.
  "appModule": "./src/app/app.module#AppModule", // This is the path and class name of your AppModule.
  "appRoutes": "./src/app/app-routing.module#routes", // This is the path and export name or your routes.
  "appComponent": "./src/app/app.component#AppComponent", // This is the path and name or your root component.

  // Options for building an optional client app.
  "mainPath": "./src/main.ts", // This is the file that contains the browser bootstrap code.
  "polyfillsPath": "./src/polyfills.ts" // Include this is you need a polyfills bundle.
}

Using the NgStaticSiteGeneratorModule

ng-static-static-generator exposes functionality via the NgStaticSiteGeneratorModule.

// app.module.ts
import { ModuleOptions, NgStaticSiteGeneratorModule } from 'ng-static-site-generator';

const ngStaticSiteGeneratorModuleOptions: ModuleOptions = {
  openExternalLinksInNewTab: false // Automatically add target="_blank" to external links. Default false.
};


@NgModule({
  imports: [
    ...
    NgStaticSiteGeneratorModule.forRoot(ngStaticSiteGeneratorModuleOptions)
  ],
  ...
})
export class AppModule { }

// my-component.component.ts
import { BlogService } from 'ng-static-site-generator';

@Component({
  selector: 'app-my-component',
  templateUrl: './my-component.component.html',
  styleUrls: ['./my-component.component.scss']
})
export class MyComponent {
  constructor(private blogService: BlogService) { }
}

Blog entry source files

ng-static-site-generator uses jekyll-style files for blog entries. Files are placed in the blogPath folder specifed in ng-static-static-generator.json. (Note: Nesting folders within the blog path is not yet supported.)

  • filename: YYYY-MM-DD-url-slug.html or YYYY-MM-DD-url-slug.md (e.g. 2017-06-26-this-is-a-blog-entry.html)
  • file contents: Metadata is given at the top of file delimited by lines containing ---. Everything after the second --- is body content written in html or markdown.

Example:

---
title: This is the Title of the Blog Entry
description: This is a short description of the blog entry.
customProperty: This is a custom property. (Optional, of course.)
---

##This is the Title of the Blog Entry

This is the content of the blog entry.

<p>You can also write content in html if you want.</p>