Hampi Welcome to part-2 of the series.

As told in the earlier post, this series is based on the learning from this awesome udemy course by John Smilga

Let’s start where we left in the project. We will not be going through CSS in this series, as it’s a gatsby series.

We will have the global CSS in layout.css in the components directory. You can get the content for the same from my github link.

Also, place a images folder inside the src folder. The content for the same can be taken from by github.

We also need to import the layout.css in Layout.js


It will show our homepage at http://localhost:8000/ with the new fonts.


We will next install a package called react-icons, which will help us show nice icons in our project. For this go ahead and exit gatsby develop and then npm install the package, in your project directory.

npm install --save react-icons

Make sure to start your gatsby develop again.

gatsby developgatsby develop

Next, we will create a folder constants inside src and two files links.js and social-icons.js inside it.

The contents of links.js is below. We will use it at various places in our project to navigate to different links.


The content of social-icons.js are below. It will contain our icons from react-icons, will we will show at various places in our project.


Next, we will create a css folder inside our src folder. Place the file navbar.module.css inside it. You can get the content for the same from my github link.


Now, let’s start creating our Navbar component. So, go ahead and edit you Navbar.js file as below.

    import React, { useState } from "react"
    import { Link } from "gatsby"
    import styles from "../css/navbar.module.css"
    import { FaAlignRight } from "react-icons/fa"
    import links from "../constants/links"
    import socialIcons from "../constants/social-icons"
    import logo from "../images/logo.png"
    const Navbar = () => {
        const [isOpen, setNav] = useState(false);
        const toggleNav = () => {
            setNav(isOpen => !isOpen)

    return (
            <nav className={styles.navbar}>
                <div className={styles.navCenter}>
                    <div className={styles.navHeader}>
                        <img src={logo} className={styles.brandLogo} alt="backroads logo" />
                        <button type="button" className={styles.logoBtn} onClick={toggleNav}>
                            <FaAlignRight className={styles.logoIcon} />
                    <ul className={isOpen ? 
${styles.navLinks} ${styles.showNav}
` : 
                        {links.map((item, index) => {
                            return (
                                <li key={index}>
                                   <Link to={item.path}>
                    <div className={styles.navSocialLinks}>
                        {socialIcons.map((item, index) => {
                            return (
                                <a key={index} 
                                 href={item.url}  target="_blank" 
                                 rel="noopener noreferrer">

    export default Navbar

Here, we are using the useState hook to toggle our links on a smaller screen. You can learn more about hooks from hook post — Understanding React Hooks by building a simple App

First we are showing a react-icon FaAlignRight on smaller screen. When the user is clicking on the button, we are calling the function toggleNav, which will make isOpen to be true.

Now, when isOpen is true we will be loading different CSS classes, which will basically open a drawer to show the links on smaller screen.

Smaller screenSmaller screen

On desktop, we will get the whole menu and also the react-icon will be hidden.

Navbar on desktopNavbar on desktop

This completes part-2 of the series. Hope you learned something new. You can find the code for the same in this link.

See you soon in part-3.

This post is also available on DEV.