The Definitive Guide to Next.js and Wagtail (2.0.0)
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The Definitive Guide to Next.js and Wagtail (2.0.0)

About the Book

This is my #4 eBook of Wagtail, and I wish to talk about the new architecture (Jamstack) in this book.

Jamstack stands for Javascript, API and Markup (generated by a static site generator)

  1. The frontend app will be prebuilt into highly optimized static pages (Markup) and assets, and deployed to the CDN netowrk.
  2. Frontend app will use Javascript and API to talk to backend service, to enable dynamic content on some pages.

Jamstack has below benefits:

  1. Because the pages are prebuilt and served from CDN, pages can load FAST.
  2. The reduced complexity make the site more secure.
  3. Easy to scale when traffic grow.

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. Learn how to write serializer for Django models.
  4. Build a REST API for Wagtail CMS
  5. Use the factory package to help create test data
  6. Test the REST API and generate test coverage report
  7. Create Next.js project with create-next-app
  8. Learn React Function Component, and React hooks.
  9. Use Tailwind CSS to build clean and responsive UI.
  10. Understand how Next.js page route works.
  11. Use next/image to do browser native lazy loading
  12. Make Wagtail preview work with the Next.js.
  13. Build comment system based on django-contrib-comments which support Generic Relations
  14. Use Tribute.js to add Mention and Emoji support to the comment form.
  15. Learn to use React Query to build lazy load comment list.
  16. Test React component using Jest and @testing-library family of packages.
  17. Deploy the Next.js to the Netlify.
  18. Deploy the backend API to DigitalOcean


  • Python 3.10
  • Django 4.1
  • Wagtail 4.1
  • Next.js 13
  • Tailwind 3
  • React Function Component, React Hooks
  • React Query
  • Tribute.js
  • Jest



Released 2022-12-21

  • Use Tailwind CSS as style solution.
  • Use React Query to replace SWR
  • Use Next image to do browser native lazy loading
  • Add Sitemap and Robots.txt
  • Upgrade Django 4, Wagtail 4, update the screenshots


2021-08-16: First release

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 Wagtail Project
  • 3. Dockerizing Wagtail App
  • 4. Add Blog Models to Wagtail
  • 5. StreamField
  • 6. Build REST API (Part 1)
  • 7. Build REST API (Part 2)
  • 8. Routable Page
  • 9. Pagination
  • 10. Full Text Search
  • 11. UnitTest (Part 1)
  • 12. UnitTest (Part 2)
  • 13. Setup Next.js project
  • 14. Add Tailwind CSS
  • 15. Building React Component (SideBar)
  • 16. Building React Component (StreamField)
  • 17. Tailwind Typography
  • 18. Building React Component (PostPage)
  • 19. Building React Component (BlogPage)
  • 20. Building React Component (BlogPage Pagination)
  • 21. Next.js Routing (Part 1)
  • 22. Next.js Routing (Part 2)
  • 23. Search Page
  • 24. SEO
  • 25. Add Preview Support
  • 26. Import Comment Model
  • 27. Manage Comment On Wagtail Admin
  • 28. CommentForm
  • 29. Add Mention Support to Comment Form
  • 30. Add Emoji Support to Comment Form
  • 31. Lazy Load CommentList
  • 32. Dark Mode
  • 33. Tailwind Typography Dark Mode
  • 34. Next.js UnitTest Guide (Part 1)
  • 35. Next.js UnitTest Guide (Part 2)
  • 36. Next.js UnitTest Guide (Part 3)
  • 37. Deploy the Wagtail App
  • 38. Deploy Next.js to Netlify
  • 39. Next Steps
  • 40. Backend FAQ

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