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Connecting your Flotiq account to Netlify

This article will walk you through the process of connecting your Flotiq account, and your Netlify account. By doing so, you will be able to trigger Netlify builds within Content Objects forms. You will also be able to quickly navigate to your Netlify pages from the Flotiq content editor.

Prerequisites

  1. Flotiq account
  2. Netlify account
  3. Website, sourcing content from Flotiq.

Signing in to Netlify

If you do not have the account, the easiest way to create the account and use with this tutorial will be using GitHub on Netlify sign up page. Netlify will ask you to authorize with your GitHub account. If you need to request access to one or more repositories, you can click "request access" here or later, when creating an instance.

Once signed in, configuring Netlify with Flotiq requires several steps. We will walk you through them below.

Creating an instance

Once you've authenticated with Netlify and GitHub, you have two ways of creating the site in Netlify. The first and faster way is to use the Deploy to netlify button on the bottom of Readme in every starter repository provided by Flotiq team:

then click Connect to GitHub button:

insert environment variables (more below) and click Save and Deploy, after few minutes, your page should be live:

The second way is to click the New site from Git button in Netlify dashboard:

then choosing the source of code:

and the desired repository:

next step is to manually put environment variables required by project, first click Show advanced and then New variable for every variable (more below):

and last but not least click Deploy site button, after few minutes, your page should be live:

Setting up Environment Variables

An environment variable references a value that can affect how running processes will behave on a computer, for example, in staging and production environments. You must save environment variables in Netlify to authorize your instance to pull source data from Flotiq.

The essential two environment variables needed for every Gatsby project are GATSBY_FLOTIQ_API_KEY and GATSBY_FLOTIQ_BASE_URL. In some cases, you will provide additional env variables for your application to work.

For example, if you're using the Gatsby and Snipcart starter you will also provide the Snipcart API key. The project Readme always described the needed variables.

To obtain the Flotiq API key - in your Flotiq account, click your profile icon in the sidebar and go to API keys:

Access Flotiq API keys

You can either select the application-wide read-only key:

Use global read-only

Or as a safer option, create a scoped read-only API key that will only be used for the purpose of Netlify build, read more about Flotiq API access.

Copy the Read-Only key and paste it in Netlify settings as GATSBY_FLOTIQ_API_KEY. For the GATSBY_FLOTIQ_BASE_URL put https://api.flotiq.com.

Note

Flotiq doesn't enforce any particular way of selecting drafts or non-public versions of your pages. The Read-Only key you copied will give you access to all your content. If you'd like to setup draft and public versions of your pages - you can do so by adding an extra field to your content types and querying for it in you GraphQL queries.

Installing the Netlify plugin

Open up your profile menu and select Plugins.

Flotiq plugins

On the next screen, click on the Add to your plugins button next to Netlify Build.

Adding Netlify Build plugin to Flotiq

Next - fill in the details from your Netlify account and click Save changes to finish your Netlify Build setup.

Setting up Netlify Build in Flotiq

Configuring Netlify Build plugin

The two elements you will need to copy from Netlify is the Build instance URL:

Netlify Build Instance URL

and the Builds Webhook URL from Settings:

First, navigate to Settings -> Build & deploy

Netlify Build and Builds Webhook URLs

Then scroll to Build hooks section, and click Add build hook button:

Netlify Build and Builds Webhook URLs

Put the name of your webhook (Flotiq build on this screen), choose branch (master here) and click the Save button:

Netlify Build and Builds Webhook URLs

Copy webhook URL:

Netlify Build and Builds Webhook URLs

You will paste both of them in Flotiq Netlify Build plugin settings, don't forget to click the Save changes button.

That's it!

You're done. Now you will see Build site in Content Objects forms, and you will be able to build site after you made changes to the content.

Netlify build button in Flotiq editor


Last update: August 13, 2020

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