SwyxKit is a blog template meant for frontend developers who want to get a performant, fully featured content site up and running with SvelteKit, Tailwind CSS, and other blog features (listed below).

Below is the full README.md you get from the github repo: https://github.com/sw-yx/swyxkit


A lightly opinionated starter for SvelteKit blogs:

Feel free to rip out these opinions as you see fit of course.

“Does anyone know what theme that blog is using? It looks really nice.” - anon

Live Demo

See https://swyxkit.netlify.app/ (see Deploy Logs)

screenshot of swyxkit in action

screenshot of swyxkit in action

Users in the wild

Key Features and Design Considerations


All the basic things I think a developer website should have.

  • Light+Dark mode (manual toggle driven by choice)
  • GitHub-Issues-driven blog with index
  • RSS (at /rss.xml), and Sitemap (at sitemap.xml) with caching

Performance/Security touches

Fast (check the lighthouse scores) and secure.

Minor design/UX touches

The devil is in the details.

Developer Experience

Making this easier to maintain and focus on writing not coding.

Overall, this is a partial implementation of https://www.swyx.io/the-surprisingly-high-table-stakes-of-modern-blogs/


Step 0: Clone project (and deploy)

npx degit https://github.com/sw-yx/swyxkit
export GH_TOKEN=your_gh_token_here # Can be skipped if just trying out this repo casually
npm install
npm run start # Launches site locally at http://localhost:5173/ and histoire at http://localhost:6006/

You should be able to deploy this project straight to Netlify as is, just like this project is. This project recently switched to use sveltejs/adapter-auto, so you should also be able to deploy to Vercel and Cloudflare, but these 2 deploy targets are not regularly tested (please report/help fix issues if you find them)!

However, to have new posts show up, you will need to personalize the siteConfig (see next step) - take note of APPROVED_POSTERS_GH_USERNAME in particular (this is an allowlist of people who can post to the blog by opening a GitHub issue, otherwise any rando can blog and that’s not good).

Deploy to Netlify

# These are just untested, suggested commands, use your discretion to hook it up or deploy wherever
git init
git add .
git commit -m "initial commit"
gh repo create # Make a new public GitHub repo and name it whatever
git push origin master
ntl init # Use the Netlify cli to deploy, assuming you already installed it and logged in. You can also use `ntl deploy`

Step 1: Personalization Configuration

As you become ready to seriously adopt this, remember to configure /lib/siteConfig.js - just some hardcoded vars I want you to remember to configure.

export const SITE_URL = 'https://swyxkit.netlify.app';
export const APPROVED_POSTERS_GH_USERNAME = ['sw-yx']; // IMPORTANT: change this to at least your GitHub username, or add others if you want
export const GH_USER_REPO = 'sw-yx/swyxkit'; // Used for pulling GitHub issues and offering comments
export const REPO_URL = 'https://github.com/' + GH_USER_REPO;
export const SITE_TITLE = 'SwyxKit';
export const SITE_DESCRIPTION = "swyx's default SvelteKit + Tailwind starter";
export const DEFAULT_OG_IMAGE =
export const MY_TWITTER_HANDLE = 'swyx';
export const MY_YOUTUBE = 'https://youtube.com/swyxTV';
export const POST_CATEGORIES = ['Blog']; // Other categories you can consider adding: Talks, Tutorials, Snippets, Podcasts, Notes...
export const GH_PUBLISHED_TAGS = ['Published']; // List of allowed issue labels, only the issues having at least one of these labels will show on the blog.

Of course, you should then go page by page (there aren’t that many) and customize some of the other hardcoded items, for example:

  • Add the Utterances GitHub app to your repo/account to let visitors comment nicely if logged in.
  • The src/Newsletter.svelte component needs to be wired up to a newsletter service (I like Buttondown and TinyLetter). Or you can remove it of course.
  • Page Cache-Control policy and SvelteKit maxage
  • Site favicons (use https://realfavicongenerator.net/ to make all the variants and stick it in /static)
  • (If migrating content from previous blog) setup Netlify redirects at /static/_redirects

This blog uses GitHub as a CMS - if you are doing any serious development at all, you should give the GH_TOKEN env variable to raise rate limit from 60 to 5000.

When deploying, don’t forget to set it in Netlify: https://app.netlify.com/sites/YOUR_SITE/settings/deploys#environment

Step 2: Make your first post

Open a new GitHub issue on your new repo, write some title and markdown in the body, add a Published tag (or any one of the label set in GH_PUBLISHED_TAGS), and then save.

You should see it refetched in local dev or in the deployed site pretty quickly. You can configure SvelteKit to build each blog page up front, or on demand. Up to you to trade off speed and flexibility.

Here’s a full reference of the YAML frontmatter that swyxkit recognizes - ALL of this is optional and some of have aliases you can discover in /src/lib/content.js. Feel free to customize/simplify of course.

title: my great title
subtitle: my great subtitle
description: my great description
slug: my-title
  - foo
  - bar
  - baz
category: blog
image: https://my_image_url.com/img-4.png
date: 2023-04-22
canonical: https://official-site.com/my-title

my great intro

## my subtitle

lorem ipsum 

If your Published post (any post with one of the labels set in GH_PUBLISHED_TAGS) doesn’t show up, you may have forgotten to set APPROVED_POSTERS_GH_USERNAME to your GitHub username in siteConfig.

If all of this is annoying feel free to rip out the GitHub Issues CMS wiring and do your own content pipeline, I’m not your boss. MDSveX is already set up in this repo if you prefer not having a disconnected content toolchain from your codebase (which is fine, I just like having it in a different place for a better editing experience). See also my blogpost on the benefits of using GitHub Issues as CMS.

Optimizations to try after you are done deploying

  • Customize your JSON+LD for FAQ pages, organization, or products. There is a schema for blogposts, but it is so dead simple that SwyxKit does not include it.
  • Have a process to submit your sitemap to Google? (or configure robots.txt and hope it works)
  • Testing: make sure you have run npx playwright install and then you can run npm run test

Further Reading



  • Implement ETag header for GitHub API
  • Store results in Netlify build cache
  • Separate hydration path for mobile nav (so that we could hydrate=false some pages)
  • Custom components in MDX, and rehype plugins
  • (maybe) Dynamic RSS in SvelteKit:
    • SvelteKit Endpoints don’t take over from SvelteKit dynamic param routes ([slug].svelte has precedence over rss.xml.js)
      • Aug 2022: now solved due to PlusKit
    • RSS Endpoint runs locally but doesn’t run in Netlify because there’s no access to the content in prod (SvelteKit issue)