Config Driven Landing Pages on Nexmo Developer

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Introduction

Config driven landing pages allow you to create pages with the content you need quickly and painlessly. Each landing page is generated from a YAML file in /config/landing_pages/. The name of the YAML file should be the same name as the URL you want for the landing page. For example, if you want a PHP language landing page that can be accessed at https://developer.nexmo.com/php then you need to name your YAML file php.yml.

Event landing pages should be added to /config/landing_pages/e, unless it is a Vonage event, in that case it can be added to /config/landing_pages directly. The event landing pages added to the /e sub-folder can be accessed at https://developer.nexmo.com/e/#{name-of-event}.

The config file represents rows and columns on a website with pre-defined content blocks. You can design your landing page with the visual layout that best works for your information and use the pre-defined content blocks to give your content shape and design.

Let's explore the building of a config file and then we will detail each content block and the data it accepts.

Defining the Layout of the Config File

Each config file represents the visual layout of a landing page, including the number of rows and the amount of columns in each row, along with the actual information in the landing page. A config file begins with page: that designate the key name of page and the colon is the division between the key name and the value. Within a YAML file, to specify an array of data one uses the - before the key name. This is an important element of the config file, as the data of page and row are held in arrays. Thus, the following will produce a single row with two columns:

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page:
  - row:
    - width: 2
      column:
    - column:

A column can either begin with the keyword of column or the key: value pair of width: integer. The width value specifies how much of the row you would like that column to fill. Width is designated as a number between 1-4. If you do not specify a width the layout will default to a dynamically rendered arrangement of each column taking up an equal amount of space. The column keyword, unlike the width keyword is mandatory, so even if you specify a width value, you still must begin the next line with column.

What about other layout possibilities? This is how you would define a layout of 2 rows with 3 columns in the first and 1 column in the second:

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page:
  - row:
    - width: 1
      column:
    - width: 2
      column:
    - width: 1
      column:
  - row:
    - column:

At this point we are ready to detail each content block type and the data associated with it.

Content Types

Action Button

The action_button content block creates a clickable linked HTML button you can add to the landing page. The YAML config for an action button is the following:

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- type: action_button
    action_button:
      text: # Text for the button (i.e. "Apply now!")
      url: # The URL for the button (i.e. "#submit-your-idea")

The action_button supports the following optional parameters:

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type: # "secondary" or "primary", with "primary" being the default. 
large: # true or false, with false being the default.
center_button: # true or false, with false being the default.

API List

The api_list content block allows you to render a list of APIs you wish to show. It is suitable for an index type view of a collection of APIs.

The content block takes the following required parameters:

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- type: api_list
  api_list:
    header:
      title: # Header title for the view
    num_of_columns: # The number of columns you wish to split the API listings into (i.e. 2 or 3)
    categories:
      - new_column:
        - title: # The category title for a collection of APIs, (i.e. 'Messaging')
          icon:
            color: # The color of the icon to represent the category (i.e. purple)
            name: # The name of the Volta icon (i.e. 'Vlt-icon-message')
          apis: # A list of the APIs wto show in this category collection
            - title: # Name of the API (i.e. 'Messages API')
              path: # The relative path to the API documentation (i.e. 'api/messages-olympus')
              description: # A body of text to describe the API

Additionally, you can optionally add a badge next to the name of each API representing a special status like "Beta" or "Developer Preview", You do so by adding two more keys in the API category:

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apis:
  - title:
    path:
    description:
    badge:
      name: Beta
      color: green

Call To Action

The call_to_action content block creates a specific layout of text with an icon. You might want to use the call_to_action to draw attention to a featured area of Nexmo Developer, like our SDKs and Tools, for example. The call_to_action block requires the following parameters:

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- type: call_to_action
  call_to_action:
    title: # Title for the content (i.e. "SDKs and Tools")
    icon: 
      name: # Name of icon to use (i.e. "icon-design-tools")
      color: # Color of icon (i.e. "blue-dark")
    url: # Link the call to action directs to (i.e. "/tools")

In addition, you can also specify an optional subtitle parameter that gives you the opportunity to provide more descriptive text for your call to action. (Note: You can use markdown in the subtitle to further style the content.) For example, the following would render with a line break between with and Nexmo APIs:

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subtitle: "The Nexmo libraries allow you to get up and running with<br> Nexmo APIs quickly in your language of choice."`

Client SDK Card

The client_sdk_card content block provides a Client SDK card to display client SDK information. The content block renders a title, icon and text and link to SDK documentation. All content types are required.

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- type: client_sdk_card
  client_sdk_card:
    name:
      content:
      color:
    icon:
      name:
    text:
      content:
    documentation_url:

Contact Support

The contact_support content block is a pre-defined set of information that takes no parameters. Once you add it to your config file, it will populate with information about getting in touch with Nexmo for support. To add it to your config file, just reference it:

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- type: contact_support

Events

The events content block is a pre-defined set of information that takes no parameters. Once you add it to your config file, it will populate with information on upcoming DevRel Community events, with a generated Google Maps with markers for each event. To add it to your config file, just reference it:

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- type: events

GitHub Repo

The github_repo content block lets you reference a GitHub repository on your landing page. It will display the name of the repository, the language, the number of stars and number of forks. The block will link to the repository directly on GitHub. It requires the following parameters:

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- type: github_repo
  github_repo:
    repo_url: # Link to repository on GitHub
    github_repo_title: # Name of repository (i.e. "Nexmo REST API client for .NET")
    language: # Language of code in repository (i.e. ".NET")

Optionally, you can also provide a badge_url to link to the Version Badge of the library. The parameter can be provided in the following manner:

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- type: github_repo
  github_repo:
    repo_url:
    badge_url: # Example: //badge.fury.io/gh/nexmo%2Fnexmo-java.svg
    github_repo_title:
    language:

The header block provides you with the layout for the landing page header content. The content consists of a title, with an icon, and an optional subtitle. You can specify the required parameters with the following:

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- type: header
  header:
    title: 
      text: # The header title text (i.e. "Write for Nexmo!")
    icon: 
      name: # Name of icon to use (i.e. "icon-rocket")
      color: # Color of icon (i.e. "blue")

There are also optional parameters for the header content block. You only need to specify values for these optional parameters if you want to change their defaults.

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title:
  text: # Header title
  align: # Text alignment, default is left-aligned if not defined (i.e. "center")
subtitle:
  text: # Subtitle text (i.e. "Teach others, grow as a writer, and help us build the next go-to destination...")
  align: # Subtitle text alignment, default is left-aligned if not defined (i.e. "center")
  type: # "large" or "small", default is small if not defined

Lastly, like the call_to_action subtitle, the text in the header subtitle is also capable of rendering markdown content.

Headshot

The headshot block provides a way of rendering a headshot on your landing page. The content consists of an image, an external url which the image is linked to, a name and a short description. You can specify the required parameters with the following:

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- type: headshot
  headshot:
    name: # Name of the person in the image
    url: # Link to url
    img_src: # Link to image
    intro: # Short text rendered below the image

The headshot supports the following optional parameters:

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twitter: # twitter handle
github: # github handle
location: # where the person is based

HTML

The HTML content block provides you with a place to insert HTML code that does not fit any of the pre-defined content blocks. Its only required parameter is content:

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- type: html
  html:
    content: # Put HTML here (i.e. "This is a <strong>HTML</strong> example")

Join Slack

The join_slack content block is a pre-defined styled invitation to join the Nexmo community Slack. It takes no parameters.

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- type: join_slack

Line Divider

The line_divider content block is a pre-defined rendered line that can be used to visually divide a page. It takes no parameters.

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- type: line_divider

Linked Image

The linked_image content block provides you with a format for an image that is linked to a URL. It takes the following parameters:

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- type: linked_image
  linked_image:
    image: # Link to image
    url: # Link to URL
    alt_text: # Alternate text if image cannot be rendered

Products

The products content block is a pre-defined listing of all of Nexmo's API products. It displays each one with links to tutorials, guides, code snippets and API reference. It takes no parameters.

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- type: products

Section Header

The section_header content block is used to create a header for a new section of content on your landing page. It renders a title with an icon. It takes the following parameters:

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- type: section_header
  section_header:
    title: # Title text goes here (i.e. "This is my title!")
    icon:
      name: # Name of icon (i.e. "icon-app")
      color: # Color of icon (i.e. "yellow")

Sessions

The sessions content block is a pre-defined set of information that takes no parameters. Once you add it to your config file, it will populate with links to past DevRel presentations. To add it to your config file, just reference it:

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- type: sessions

Structured Text

The structured_text content block provides the styling for a block of text content that features a title and subsequent paragraphs of text. The text content can render markdown formatting. It takes the following required parameters:

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- type: structured_text
  structured_text:
    header: # Header text (i.e. "Who Owns Your Work?")
    text:
      - content: # Text content here, including markdown formatting (i.e. "You do!...")
        type: # "large" or "small"

You can specify as many text blocks as you would like. Each text block consists of content and type.

There is also an optional icon parameter for the structured_text content block. You can include it with the following:

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icon:
  name: # Icon name (i.e. "icon-merge")
  color: # Icon color (i.e. "blue")

Submit your Idea Form

The submit_your_idea_form content block creates a form that submits to a zapier's hook. It requires the following parameters:

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- type: submit_your_idea_form
  submit_your_idea_form:
    header: "Submit Your Idea"
    icon:
      name: "icon-envelope"
      color: blue

Table

The table content block provides you with the ability to insert a table into your landing page, including with markdown formatting for the data in the table body. It is structured as follows:

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 - type: table
  table:
    head:
      - content: # First column header
      - content: # Second column header
    body:
      - row:
        - column: # First row, first column text
        - column: # First row, second column text
      - row:
        - column: # Second row, first column text
        - column: # Second row, second column text

You can specify as many header content and body row column blocks as you would like.

Team Members

The team_members content block provides you with a graphical representation of all the team members inside the config/team.yml file.

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- type: team_members

Text

The text content block provides you a space to insert plain text into your landing page, including with markdown formatting. It is structured as follows:

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- type: text
  text:
    content: # Text goes here (i.e. "This is a **Text** example")

Tutorial

The tutorial content block lets you link to a tutorial and show a tutorial image, if one exists, and a tutorial title and description. The only parameter it requires is the name of the tutorial file on Nexmo Developer. The renderer will retrieve the rest of the details from the tutorial file itself:

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- type: tutorial
  tutorial:
    name: # Name of tutorial (i.e. two-factor-authentication-dotnet-verify-api)

Unordered List

The unordered_list content block lets you create a list of items and specify the shape of the list bullet item symbol. It accepts the following required parameters:

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- type: unordered_list
  unordered_list:
    list:
      - item: # First item in list
      - item: # Second item in list
      - item: # Third item in list
      - item: # Fourth item in list

As mentioned, you can also specify the shape of the bullet symbol with the bullet_shape parameter:

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bullet_shape: # Shape of bullet, if not defined it will default to a circle (i.e square)

Warning Callout

The warning_callout content block provides an element to render a warning message. The block consists of a bordered message with an "i" information icon on the left-hand side and the warning text provided in the content parameter:

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- type: warning_callout
  warning_callout:
    content: # Warning message goes here

Write for Nexmo

The write_for_nexmo content block will provide a call to action element to Write for Nexmo with a Developer Spotlight graphic on the left-hand side and text advertising the Write for Nexmo program on the left-hand side.

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- type: write_for_nexmo