Coding is hard, let me try to make it a bit easier by giving you some code. I created a template project using Angular 12, Scully static site generator, and threw in a sprinkling of Netlify setup to help easily deploy to a CDN. What can I say except you’re welcome™️. Now that song will be stuck in my head and your head all day (does that make us friends? yes). The goal of this template is to give you a head start on your next pre-rendered Angular project. In this post we’ll just run through:
- Using the template for your project
- Running it locally
- Deploying it to a global CDN via Netlify
You can find the project repo here and this is what the template looks like.
You can also use the button below to immediately deploy this project onto your Netlify account.
Are you still humming the ‘You’re Welcome’ song? Me too. Let’s jump into the code, shall we?
Using this Lovely Template
I was thinking ahead and made the project repo for this template a template project. So, we can just click the ‘Template’ button or clone the repo locally with the command
git clone https://github.com/tzmanics/scully-template-project. Template, template, template, in case I hadn’t used that word enough.
If we need to rename the project we’ll have to find and replace every instance of
scully-template-project. It exists many places in an Angular project so cloning with a new name (
git clone https://github.com/tzmanics/scully-template-project new-name) is just the start. Most code editors will allow you to ‘replace all’ on a searched phrase to make the job easier.
Now that we have it all to ourselves we can start coding!
Running it Locally
To get started we can use the Angular command
ng serve ||
ng s which will serve the site at
localhost:4200 and rebuild with any file changes. Before we can run Scully we need to build the project (so that Scully knows what to pre-render) with the
ng build command. This needs to be done with every change before running Scully or the changes won’t be reflected. Once it is built we can also run
scully serve to see the pre-rendered version of the site locally.
Deploying to the Edge
This template comes with a Netlify configuration file that sets us up to easily deploy to Netlify’s CDN (Content Delivery Network). If we want to also take advantage of continuous deployment we can install the Netlify CLI and initialize the project with these two commands.
npm install netlify-cli -g netlify init
Now, whenever we push code changes to GitHub the project will automatically update and deploy the new build.
🧠 Fun Feature Fact: We recently released Collaborative Deploy Previews to help teams give impactful feedback on projects. You can try it out when you deploy this project.
Well, how about that, we got ourselves our own live Scully site.
This is the end…of this post. We’ve come so far and I’ve enjoyed it immensely, so let’s discuss the future. My hope is that we can both make contributions to this relationship, ahem, I mean template. With that in mind, this project is open and awaiting any issues and pull requests you can think of. I look forward to building on this template together and can’t wait to see what you create.
Happy coding 👩🏻💻!