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Building a Blog with Agility Headless CMS

December 19, 2020

What is a Headless CMS

A Headless CMS is a hot trend in web development. It provides a ready-to-go way to manage your data with a visual dashboard like traditional CMS (WordPress, Drupal) but allows you to pull the data via an API so you can use the frontend technologies of your choice. Headless CMS’s are a powerful and popular combo with a Static Site Generator but can be used in most web applications.

To see a list of all Headless CMS solutions and Static Site Generators checkout the directories at JAMStack.org.

Step 1 - Open Up a Agility CMS Account

Head over to agilitycms.com and open a free account!

Step 2 - Create a Blog Model

Once on the dashboard select the model panel then:

  1. Select Content Definitions
  2. Click add
  3. name the model blog and set the type to list
  4. Add the following fields (feel free to add more)

    • a text field named title
    • a multi-line text field named body
    • a date field called date that defaults to the current date
  5. Save the model

Step 3 - Add some content

On the menu on the left select the content section and:

  1. Select the plus sign for new content
  2. Select a new list of item type blog
  3. name the new list “myblog”
  4. Add a few posts to myblog
  5. When do adding post make sure to hit “publish” (select the posts before hitting publish)

Step 4 - Retrieve the Data in your Javascript

Whether you are using backend or frontend javascript to retrieve your posts, below is the syntax for calling your blog posts with your preferred JS HTTP request method. Once you receive the data just allow your frontend to render however you like (using jQuery, React, Vue, Svelte, or Angular)

$.ajax

const guid = //get guid in the settings section under api keys

const apikey = // get apikey in the setting section under api keys

$.ajax({
 url: `https://api.aglty.io/${guid}/fetch/en-us/list/myblog`,
 headers: {
     accept: "application/json",
     APIKey: apikey
 }   
})
.then((response) => {
    console.log(response)

    //use the data to populate your webpage from here
})

fetch

const guid = //get guid in the settings section under api keys

const apikey = // get apikey in the setting section under api keys

fetch(`https://api.aglty.io/${guid}/fetch/en-us/list/myblog`,{
  headers: {
     accept: "application/json",
     APIKey: apikey
 }   
})
.then((response) => response.json())
.then((data) => {
    console.log(data)

    //use the data to populate your webpage from here
})

Axios

const guid = //get guid in the settings section under api keys

const apikey = // get apikey in the setting section under api keys

axios({
  url: `https://api.aglty.io/${guid}/fetch/en-us/list/myblog`,
  headers: {
     accept: "application/json",
     APIKey: apikey
 }   
})
.then((data) => {
    console.log(data)
    console.log(data.data) // <== This is the api data

    //use the data to populate your webpage from here
})

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