Here are the basic steps to develop a Sitecore JSS Next.js website:
First, you’ll need to set up your development environment. Ensure Node.js and npm (Node Package Manager) are installed on your machine.
2.Install Sitecore JSS CLI:
Sitecore JSS CLI (Command Line Interface) helps to scaffold new projects, manage deployment, and other tasks. Install it globally using npm:
//Codebash npm install -g @sitecore-jss/sitecore-jss-cli //Code
3.Create a New JSS App:
You can create a new JSS app using the JSS CLI. However, as of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the JSS CLI doesn’t natively support Next.js. In the future, Sitecore may introduce a CLI command to scaffold a Next.js app. You should check Sitecore’s official documentation or other reliable sources for updates.
4.Develop Your Next.js Application:
Start building your Next.js app as you normally would. You can create pages, components, and API routes, and take advantage of Next.js features such as static site generation (SSG), server-side rendering (SSR), and incremental static regeneration (ISR).
You’ll need to handle the integration with Sitecore. This involves fetching data from Sitecore’s layout service and passing it to your components. You’ll also need to handle routing based on Sitecore’s item hierarchy.
6.Deploy the App to Sitecore:
Once your application is ready for integration with Sitecore, you’ll need to setup a Sitecore instance and deploy your app to it. You can use the JSS CLI to create a Sitecore package and install it:
//Codebash jss deploy package //Code
You’ll need to set up the connection information to your Sitecore instance in your app’s `scjssconfig.json` file.
7.Server-Side Rendering (SSR):
SSR is one of Next.js’s strengths and JSS fully supports it. You’ll need to set up your Sitecore instance and your hosting environment to support SSR. This involves setting up a Node.js server to run your Next.js app.
Remember, developing a Sitecore JSS website with Next.js requires a good understanding of both Sitecore JSS and Next.js. You should follow best practices for both to ensure your site is scalable, maintainable, and performant. Please note that the steps above are a general guide, and the exact process may vary depending on your specific requirements and the specifics of Sitecore’s support for Next.js.