Here are some rules/recommendations, tips & ticks for creating new posts in AstroPaper blog theme.
Table of contents
Open Table of contents
Frontmatter is the main place to store some important information about the post (article). Frontmatter lies at the top of the article and is written in YAML format. Read more about frontmatter and its usage in astro documentation.
Here is the list of frontmatter property for each post.
|title||Title of the post. (h1)||required*|
|description||Description of the post. Used in post excerpt and site description of the post.||default = SITE.desc|
|author||Author of the post.||default = SITE.author|
|datetime||Published datetime in ISO 8601 format.|
|slug||Slug for the post. Usually the all lowercase title seperated in ||default = slugified title|
|featured||Whether or not display this post in featured section of home page||default = false|
|draft||Mark this post ‘unpublished’.||default = false|
|tags||Related keywords for this post. Written in array yaml format.|
|ogImage||OG image of the post. Useful for social media sharing and SEO.||default = SITE.ogImage|
slug fields in frontmatter must be specified.
Title is the title of the post and it is very important for search engine optimization (SEO).
slug is the unique identifier of the url. Thus,
slug must be unique and different from other posts. The whitespace of
slug needs to be separated with
- is recommended. If slug is not specified, the slugified title of the post will be used as slug.
Here is the sample frontmatter for the post.
# src/contents/sample-post.md --- title: The title of the post author: your name datetime: 2022-09-21T05:17:19Z slug: the-title-of-the-post featured: true draft: false tags: - some - example - tags ogImage: "" description: This is the example description of the example post. ---
Adding table of contents
By default, a post (article) does not include any table of contents (toc). To include toc, you have to specify it in a specific way.
Table of contents in h2 format (## in markdown) and place it where you want it to be appeared on the post.
For instance, if you want to place your table of contents just under the intro paragraph (like I usually do), you can do that in the following way.
--- # some frontmatter --- Here are some recommendations, tips & ticks for creating new posts in AstroPaper blog theme. ## Table of contents <!-- the rest of the post -->
There’s one thing to note about headings. The AstroPaper blog posts use title (title in the frontmatter) as the main heading of the post. Therefore, the rest of the heading in the post should be using h2 ~ h6.
This rule is not mandatory, but highly recommended for visual and SEO purposes.
When you put images in the blog post, it is recommended that the image is compressed. This will affect the overall performance of the website.
My recommendation for image compression sites.
The default OG image will be placed if a post does not specify the OG image. Though not required, OG image related to the post should be specify in the frontmatter. The recommended size for OG image is 1200 X 640 px.