Contentful - The Missing Manual
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Contentful - The Missing Manual

Build a kickass headless website using Contentful CMS

About the Book

If you are looking for a concise guide that will teach you everything you need to know in order to build a kickass headless website using Contentful CMS, you are in the right place!

This book is a work-in-progress and you can consider purchasing a copy now like a kick-starter project. This will be the 4th book I've written, so rest assured it will get completed. If you want to help keep me motivated then by purchasing a copy now, you help to keep my motivation up! Writing a book is not easy! As an appreciation, you can buy the book now for a minimum of $9.99. This price will go up after the book is complete, so by purchasing a copy now, you will receive all updates to the book forever more at a discounted rate!

In this book, you will learn everything you will need to launch a successful web project using Contentful. Topics range from how to install the CMS, how to set the CMS with NextJS or Gatsby, how to use the core APIs to build web pages, how to successfully perform content modelling and much, much more!

This book will help you to build a site using Contentful quicker and with fewer headaches!

If you have seen my website or YouTube and you would like to support me in some form, this is the project I need motivation with! This project is like a kick-starter project, the only difference is that you will get access to the book in real-time as it is being written.

Thank you for supporting me. It is appreciated!

Complete Number of pages: 71!

Version: 0.4

Completed Topics


  • What You Can Expect From This Book
  • Tooling
  • Why use a headless CMS?
  • Why use Contentful CMS?
  • My Thanks To You
  • Additional reading

How to plan your project

  • Headless Technologies
  • JAMStack
  • SPAs, SSR, and SSG?
  • Microfront End Architecture
  • Dynamic content and hydration
  • Conclusion

Getting started with Contentful

  • Multi-space architectures, Environments, and Organizations
  • Content Governance

To Write

  • Starter Kits
  • Further Reading

Content Modeling

  • Content models
  • Fields
  • Reference types
  • Rich test render
  • Links
  • Best practices
  • Further Reading

Contentful API

  • API Overview
  • Accessing Contentful Data from a headless website
  • Querying for content
  • Rendering richtext images
  • Further Reading

Setting up a headless Website

  • Configuring Contentful With NextJS
  • MIddleware
  • Configuring Contentful & Gatsby
  • Build your static site with Webhooks
  • Further Reading

Building common components

  • Sitemap.xml
  • Robots.txt
  • Further Reading

How to build non-CMS things

  • Search
  • Multiple language websites
  • Multi-language
  • A/b Testing
  • Build An API
  • Further Reading

Website maintenance

  • ContentFul CLI
  • Importing and exporting Content

About the Author

Jon D Jones
Jon D Jones

Solution Architect, Programmer, and Technologist Jon Jones is the founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. I have been writing about software for 10 years on my website and creating weekly videos on web development on YouTube. If you are considering buying a book, I recommend checking out my free content to get a feel of what I will offer.

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