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Challenge 14 – Rapidly Build Sites with Gatsby Themes

Hashim Warren
April 3rd, 2020

Gatsby was named the #1 new technology to learn in 2020!

To help you learn about Gatsby and our ecosystem, we invite you to take the #100DaysOfGatsby challenge! If you are new to Gatsby, you can follow along with our beginner-friendly weekly prompts. Or if you are familiar with Gatsby and want to go deeper, we invite you to build your first Gatsby Theme.

Learn more about #100DaysOfGatsby here!

Challenge 14: Spin Up a New Site with a Gatsby Theme

For the final two challenges you will explore using and creating Gatsby Themes!

So far you’ve created a Gatsby site from scratch, and added features for usage on a single site. Gatsby Themes opens up the possibility to leverage good ideas from the Gatsby ecosystem, and share your own configurations and designs. You can think of Gatsby Themes as handy website kits that can be shared, customized, and stacked together.

Before you dive into creating a theme, our resources below will point you to the philosophy behind Gatsby Themes and common use cases. Then we’ll show you how to use a theme in your poject. And next week you’ll explore creating your own theme!

Gatsby Theme Usage Resources

Theme Philosophy

Why Gatsby Themes Kyle Mathews gives a short intro into Gatsby Themes, and why this functionality was added to Gatsby

What are Gatsby Themes Chris Biscardi presents a high level view of how themes work in Gatsby

Using Theme for Distributed Docs The Apollo team explains how and why they use Gatsby Themes

Theme Usage

Discover a Gatsby Theme Browse Gatsby’s plugin repository to find the right theme for your project

Use a Gatsby Theme Step-by-step guide to the conventions of Gatsby Theme usage (hint: “shadow and extend”, don’t fork 🙂 )

What to Do If You Need Help

If you get stuck during the challenge, you can ask for help from the Gatsby community and the ASKGatsbyJS Twitter account. You can find fellow Gatsby Developers on Discord, Reddit, and Dev.

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