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Before you start writing take a moment to look over the web.dev handbook and familiarize yourself with the process. When you're ready, follow the steps in the Quickstart to create your content proposal.
Building the site
You'll need a recent version of Node: v14 (LTS) or higher.
To check your node version run
node -v in your terminal.
If you don't have node, or if you need to upgrade, we recommend using the Node Version Manager (nvm).
Clone the repo
git clone https://github.com/GoogleChrome/web.dev.git
Change directory into the folder created
Start a local server to preview the site
npm run dev
http://localhost:8080/ to see the site locally. Changes to assets will
rebuild the site. Refresh to see your changes.
Set up build flags
Building the entire site can take a while because it's around one thousand pages. If you want to massively speed up your build times, we suggest setting some build flags to ignore certain sections.
- Create a
.envfile at the root of your project
- Add the following:
# Ignore ALL site content ELEVENTY_IGNORE=true # Only build the directories you're working on. # Note, this is a JSON string so you must use double quotes. ELEVENTY_INCLUDE=["blog", "vitals"]
ELEVENTY_ENV=prod to force production builds. This is the default when
running "stage" or "deploy". No other options for
ELEVENTY_ENV are supported,
although our Eleventy site config will default to 'dev' if unspecified.
The production build currently requires a lot of memory, to the point where
node might exit with errors along the line of
The exact amount of heap space required varies from computer to computer and version
node. If you need a local production build, but run out of memory, you can
increase the heap size by adding
--node-options '--max_old_space_size=8192' (to
assign 8gb of heap space)
run. For instance:
ELEVENTY_ENV=prod npm --node-options '--max_old_space_size=8192' run build
When you send in a pull request it will be automatically staged for you. Keep an eye out for the netlify bot to comment on the pull request with your unique URL.
Deploying the site
The site will build and deploy the main branch automatically every hour, Mon-Fri. If you've just merged an article then it should go live at the top of the next hour.
To manually deploy the site you'll need to be a member of one of these Google teams:
- Navigate to the Cloud Build Triggers page.
- Click the RUN button for the trigger named Deploy.
- In the side drawer that opens up, click the RUN TRIGGER button for the trigger for the main branch.
NOTE: web.dev auto deploys every hour if there is a new commit in the
main branch. Manual deploys should only occur when a build fails or if auto deploys are disabled.
If you need to debug the site's build process:
- Add a
npm run debug:eleventy
- Go to
about://inspectto attach to the running process.