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.
- Flotiq account
- Netlify account
- Website, sourcing content from Flotiq.
You might want to try one of our starters, which already come with predefined content:
- Recipe website Gatsby starter
- Event calendar Gatsby starter
- Project portfolio Gatsby starter
- Simple blog Gatsby starter
- Gatsby and Snipcart boilerplate, sourcing products from Flotiq
- Gatsby and Snipcart, e-commerce with products and categories from Flotiq
- Snipcart and Next.js, sourcing products from Flotiq
- Snipcart and Angular with Scully, sourcing products from Flotiq
- Simple blog using Angular with Scully
These starters all come with detailed READMEs and a one-line content import command, be sure to check those!
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:
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_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
You can either select the application-wide read-only key:
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
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
On the next screen, click on the
Add to your plugins button next to
Next - fill in the details from your Netlify account and click
Save changes to finish your Netlify Build setup.
Configuring Netlify Build plugin¶
The two elements you will need to copy from Netlify is the Build instance URL:
and the Builds Webhook URL from Settings:
First, navigate to Settings -> Build & deploy
Then scroll to
Build hooks section, and click
Add build hook button:
Put the name of your webhook (
Flotiq build on this screen), choose branch (
master here) and click the
Copy webhook URL:
You will paste both of them in Flotiq Netlify Build plugin settings, don't forget to click the
Save changes button.
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.