Build Blog with React (SSR) and Wagtail
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Build Blog with React (SSR) and Wagtail

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This book will teach you how to build a blog with React, Wagtail CMS and SSR (Server-Side Rendering), which has good performance and good SEO.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand Docker and use Docker Compose to do development
  2. Create blog models to work with Wagtail.
  3. Use PDB and Django shell to debug, test code and check data in terminal.
  4. Learn how to write serializer for Django models.
  5. Use the factory package to help create test data
  6. Create React project from python-webpack-boilerplate and load it in Django template.
  7. Understand React Components and the component lifecycle
  8. Test React component using Jest and @testing-library family of packages.
  9. Understand difference between CSR and SSR, and what is Rehydration
  10. Learn how to server-render React component using django-react-templatetags and hypernova
  11. Deploy the production app to DigitalOcean


  • Django 3.1
  • Wagtail 2.12
  • Webpack 5
  • React
  • Hypernova

This book includes:

  1. A PDF ebook which contains about 30 chapters.
  2. 20+ screenshots and several diagrams, all created by me.

About the Author


Michael Yin is a full stack developer from China, and he loves to write high-quality tutorial about programming.

He has published 5 books on Leanpub.

He also published Celery courses on

He is also the founder of a Digital Agency AccordBox and available for remote job.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Setup project
  • 3. Dockerizing Wagtail App
  • 4. Add Blog Models to Wagtail
  • 5. Page Templates in Wagtail
  • 6. StreamField
  • 7. Routable Page
  • 8. Pagination
  • 9. Full Text Search
  • 10. Page Serializer (Part 1)
  • 11. Page Serializer (Part 2)
  • 12. UnitTest (Part 1)
  • 13. UnitTest (Part 2)
  • 14. Create React Project
  • 15. Dockerizing React project
  • 16. Import Bootstrap Theme
  • 17. Building React Component (TagWidget)
  • 18. Building React Component (SideBar)
  • 19. Building React Component (PostDetail)
  • 20. Building React Component (PostPage)
  • 21. Building React Component (BlogPage)
  • 22. Building React Component (BlogPage Pagination)
  • 23. Building React Component (PageProxy)
  • 24. Server Side Rendering
  • 25. Unittest React Component (Part 1)
  • 26. Unittest React Component (Part 2)
  • 27. Deploy
  • 28. Backend FAQ
  • 29. Frontend FAQ

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