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Metalsmith Blog Lists

A metalsmith plugin to provide various blog lists

metalsmith: plugin npm: version license: ISC

This plugin requires all blogposts to be located in blog/ of the content directory.

Features

The plugin adds the following lists to the metadata to enable various blog widgets on any page.

  • All Blogs
  • Recent Blogs
  • Featured Blogs
  • Annualized Blogs List

The following data is available for each blogpost:

  • Title
  • Date
  • Author
  • Path
  • Image

The lists may be used to show all blog posts by a particular author.

All Blog Posts

The plugin provides array allSortedBlogPosts, sorted by date. It can be used when the whole list of blog posts is not available, for example, when using pagination, NOT all blog posts are available on a paginated page.

Latest Blogs

The plugin provides array latestBlogPosts. The number of blog posts listed is determined by option latestQuantity.

Featured Blogs

The plugin provides array featuredBlogPosts. Blog posts can specify, in their Frontmatter, that the post be listed and in what position of the list.

Annualized Blogs List

The plugin provides an associative array annualizedBlogPosts. All blog posts are listed by their creation year.

Installation

NPM:

npm install metalsmith-blog-lists

Yarn:

yarn add metalsmith-blog-lists

Usage

For blogs intended to be featured, add the following fields to their frontmatter:

---
featuredBlogpost: true
featuredBlogpostOrder: <integer>
---

Pass metalsmith-blog-lists to metalsmith.use :

const blogLists = require('metalsmith-blog-lists')

metalsmith.use(blogLists({  
  latestQuantity: 4,
  featuredQuantity: 2,
  featuredPostOrder: "desc",
  fileExtension: ".md.njk",
  blogDirectoryName: "blog"
}))

Examples

Using a Nunjucks template

Display an annualized blog archive

{% for theYear in annualizedBlogPosts %}
  {{theYear.year}}
  <ul>
  {% for post in theYear.posts %}
    <li>
      <a href="/{{post.path}}">{{post.title}}</a>
      <p>{{post.date}}</p>
      <p>{{post.author}}</p>
    </li>
  {% endfor %}
  </ul>
{% endfor %}

Display a featured blog list

<ul>
  {% for post in featuredBlogPosts %}
  <li>
    <a href="/{{post.path}}">{{post.title}}</a>
    <p>{{post.date | blogDate}}
    <p>{{post.author}}</p>
  </li>
  {% endfor%}
</ul>

Options

You can pass options to metalsmith-blog-lists with the Javascript API or CLI. The options are:

  • latestQuantity: optional. The number of blogposts to display. The default is 3.
  • featuredQuantity: optional. The number of featured blogposts to display. The default is 3.
  • featuredPostOrder: optional. The order in which featured blogposts are displayed. The default is "desc".
  • fileExtension: optional. The blogpost file extension. The default is .md.
  • blogDirectoryName: optional. The blogpost directory must be in the Metalsmith source directory.The default is blog

Debug

To enable debug logs, set the DEBUG environment variable to metalsmith-blog-lists:

DEBUG=metalsmith-blog-lists

CLI usage

To use this plugin with the Metalsmith CLI, add metalsmith-blog-lists to the plugins key in your metalsmith.json file:

{
  "plugins": [
    {
      "@metalsmith/metalsmith-blog-lists": {
        "latestQuantity": 4,
        "featuredQuantity": 2,
        "featuredPostOrder": "desc",
        "fileExtension": ".md.njk",
        "blogDirectoryName": "blog"
      }
    }
  ]
}

Author

werner@glinka.co

License

ISC

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