Introduction to CMS and Next.js

Content Management Systems (CMS) are crucial for managing and delivering content on websites and applications. Next.js, a powerful React framework, can be used to build dynamic and performant CMS-powered websites. In this tutorial, we'll explore how to use Next.js for content management, complete with sample code and best practices.

Setting Up Your Next.js Project

Let's start by creating a new Next.js project for our CMS-powered website:

npx create-next-app my-cms-website
cd my-cms-website

Next, install any necessary dependencies and create the project structure. You may want to use CMS platforms like Strapi, Contentful, or headless WordPress for content management.

Fetching Content from a CMS

Next.js makes it easy to fetch and display content from a CMS. Here's an example of how to fetch content from a Strapi CMS and display it on a page:

// pages/index.js
import fetch from 'isomorphic-unfetch';
const Home = ({ articles }) => {
return (
<h2>Latest Articles</h2>
{ => (
<li key={}>
Home.getInitialProps = async () => {
const res = await fetch('https://your-strapi-cms-url/articles');
const articles = await res.json();
return { articles };
export default Home;

This code demonstrates fetching a list of articles from a Strapi CMS and displaying them on the home page.

Creating Dynamic Pages

CMS-powered websites often have dynamic content that requires dynamic pages. You can use Next.js's dynamic routing to create dynamic pages. Here's an example of how to create a dynamic page for an article:

// pages/articles/[id].js
import fetch from 'isomorphic-unfetch';
const Article = ({ article }) => {
return (
Article.getInitialProps = async ({ query }) => {
const { id } = query;
const res = await fetch(`https://your-strapi-cms-url/articles/${id}`);
const article = await res.json();
return { article };
export default Article;

This code demonstrates creating a dynamic page to display a single article fetched from the CMS.

Styling and Theming

Styling your CMS-powered website is essential for a cohesive and attractive user interface. You can use CSS, CSS-in-JS libraries, or CSS frameworks for styling and theming. Ensure a consistent design throughout your website.

Deploying Your CMS-Powered Website

Once your CMS-powered website is ready, deploy it to a hosting platform of your choice. Make sure to configure environment variables for security and provide proper credentials to access your CMS.