Privacy Policy

When creating your markdown files, there is some configuration to do, if we want to utilise all features of this starter theme.

The sidebar, unfortunately, is not generated automatically but rather configured in your frontmatter and the gridsome.config.file. Check out the sidebar section for more information.

Next and Previous Navigation

If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will notice some buttons which link to the previous pages in these docs. These are also not automatically generated but configured in the frontmatter of your markdown file like this:

prev: '/docs/previous-link/'
next: '/docs/next-link/'

Just like the sidebar, you only need to specify the link to the page and the title will be fetched via a graphql query.

The standard navigation on the top left is defined in the gridsome.config.js file. The configuration is very simple. It just needs a settings > nav property which takes a links property that defines every link that should be displayed at the top.

module.exports = {
  settings: {
    nav: {
      links: [
        { path: '/docs/', title: 'Docs' }

Each link item needs a path and a title for the link.


The description of each page goes to the frontmatter of said page. It is an optional value but is recommended since this value is used to fill some meta properties of your page.

description: 'your description'

At the top of the page, you can see some icons which link to Twitter/GitHub or personal website. These links are also defined in your gridsome.config.js like this:

module.exports = {
  settings: {
    web: process.env.URL_WEB,
    twitter: process.env.URL_TWITTER,
    github: process.env.URL_GITHUB,

By default these are defined in your .env file but can be hardcoded if you want to.

On this Page

On the right side of the page is an overview of every headline of the current viewed page. Fortunately this list is auto-generated and you don't need to do anything.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is integrated via the @gridsome/plugin-google-analytics plugin. It needs your tracking id in order to work correctly, which can also be defined via .env file or hardcoded as needed.

If you don't want to use Google Analytics, simply delete this entry from your plugins.

Read more here.

// ...
  use: '@gridsome/plugin-google-analytics',
  options: {
    id: (process.env.GA_ID ? process.env.GA_ID : 'XX-999999999-9')
// ...

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National Science Foundation

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