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Styling with Bluma and styled-css-grid 🍱


A tiny (~2kb) [CSS grid] layout for React, built with [styled-components] 💅.


🍸 Just Having fun coding!

This website is built as static HTML with Gatsby component-modular Docker Container builds including a Node backend on Heroku, using React components and GraphQL, Built with Webpack.

Served on Netlify via a continuous deployment (CD) workflow. Pull requests are automatically built into preview apps, while commits to the master branch trigger the production build and deploy onto Netlify’s CDN edge node infrastructure. Since the whole site is just a bunch of static files copied onto multiple CDN nodes around the world, time to first byte (TTFB) is consistently fast at around 1ms to 2ms. React Notifications through my Slack Bots and Netlify Functions for my Mansbooks workspace.


No run time dependency or vulnerable server stack required Pre-built pages served over a CDN for fastest time to first byte Fast and cheap CDN scaling results in ultra-high availability worldwide Server-side processes abstracted into microservice APIs for reduced attack surface areas Modern Continuous Deployment (CD) Git workflows with instant rollbacks Headless CMS for complete separation from your app/site and with full version control Modern authentication methods such as OAuth 2 for ultimate security.

🚀 gatsby-starter-publius

This repo powers the Gatsby site hosted at I use it to write about my personal interests, ranging from theoretical physics and spiritual learning to sustainability, web development and spending time outdoors… oh and not to forget breaking conventions like a Gatsby Site with Microdata for SEO, Internet Positioning.

The site is built with Gatsby, Bulma and styled-components. It’s fully responsive, relies heavily on React Hooks for stateful components such as Image Gallery’s, Modal’s and ToTop. Prism for syntax highlighting, Disqus for blog post comments and Lunr for custom search.

Feel free to reuse any part of this repo to create your own Gatsby site.

A Gatsby v2 and Netlify CMS powered generic business website starter based on gatsby-starter-netlify-cms.


Netlify Identity Widget

A Custom Styled and Build for Publius, a component used to authenticate with Netlify’s Identity service. Live demo

For a lower level library to the underlying GoTrue API, see gotrue-js.

What is Netlify Identity

Netlify’s Identity service is a plug-and-play microservice for handling site functionalities like signups, logins, password recovery, user metadata, and roles. You can use it from single page apps instead of rolling your own, and integrate with any service that understands JSON Web Tokens (JWTs).

Learn more about this service from this blog post.

It follows the JAMstack architecture by using Git as a single source of truth, and Netlify for continuous deployment, and CDN distribution.

Netlify CMS

Static + content management = ♥

Netlify CMS is Always the latest Netlify CMS GitHub repo pull, with my custom Webpack hashed build, not the Gatsby plugin and netlify-cms node module way; which builds it into the frontend = slowing Gatsby way down; TEST it to see for yourself.

My custom dark build of the Netlify Identity Widget is used on the Gatsby frontend and in my git-gateway back-end.

Get the speed, security, and scalability of a static site, while still providing a convenient editing interface for content.

An integrated part of your Git workflow Content is stored in your Git repository along side your code for easier versioning, multi-channel publishing, and the option to handle content updates directly in Git.

An extensible CMS built on React

Netlify CMS is built as a single-page React app. Create custom-styled previews, UI widgets, and editor plugins or add backends to support different Git platform APIs. My Netlify CMS backend will build and add Pages, Posts, My layout components with Event data for Bulma GCal fullCalendar localized events, Notifications, Authors, Products, Site Updates and charts data using charts.js displaying build, sales and analytics charts data on individual pages and posts. All edited from a CMS Backend on a Static Website!


  • Complete Website Suite - Home Page, About Page, Pricing Page, Privacy, Contact Page and Blog
  • Netlify CMS for Content Management
  • SEO Friendly (Sitemap, Schemas, Meta Tags, GTM etc)
  • Bulma and Sass Support for styling
  • Progressive Web App & Offline Support
  • Tags and RSS Feed for Blog
  • Comments with GitHub Issues
  • Follow, Mention, Star and Fork GitHub buttons
  • Share Support
  • Elastic-Lunr Search
  • Pagination
  • Contact Form (Netlify Forms)
  • Easy Configuration using config.js file

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