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Generating list of pages

Generating list of pages

Accessing directly an url is cool, but only when you know it! It would be nice to have a list of existing pages (in our case, posts). So let's add an index on our Home!

For this we will need to wrap our Home with a container like for BlogPosts. The difference here is that we are going to make a query an entire path.

const HomeContainer = withPhenomicApi(Home, () => ({
  posts: query({ path: "content/posts" }),

It's easier than before, same query, but without id.

Now we need to change our route to use HomeContainer instead of Home

export default createApp(() => (
  <Router history={browserHistory}>
    <Route path="/" component={HomeContainer} />
    <Route path="/blog/*" component={BlogPostContainer} />

Maybe you noticed that we actually didn't use our resources in our Home component? Let's display the list of posts with this change

import { Router, Route, browserHistory, Link } from "react-router";
// ..
const Home = ({ isLoading, posts }) => (
    {isLoading && "Loading..."}
    {!isLoading && (
        {posts &&
          posts.node &&
          posts.node.list &&
 => (
            <li key={}>
              <Link to={`/blog/${}/`}>{post.title ||}</Link>

Now your homepage should render a list with your single post. But wait, the label being used is the id?! This can be improved by adding meta data into your markdown file.

The front-matter

At the top of each markdown file, we can add "front-matter" in a section separated by 3 dashes, ---. You can store anything you want in there. It's by default a YAML section, but you can use other formats like JSON, TOML, JavaScript....

Let's modify our file with a title property. And while we are editing this file, we can also add a date

title: "First post"
date: "2017-01-01"
This is a [Markdown]( file

Now, check out your homepage, you should see the title. Keep in mind that this front-matter can contains all kind of informations like date, authors name, tags, image reference etc. By default some keys are automatically interpreted as way to query your content. This allows you to query posts for a single author, a specific tag and even order by date.

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