How Page Modules Work in Gatsby

Page Modules in Agility CMS are the functional components that make up a page. Editors use these to compose what type of content is on each page and in what order they appear.

Developers define what page modules are available in the CMS and what fields they have. Each module defined in Agility CMS should correspond to a React Component in your Gatsby site.

Generally speaking, if you don't have any modules defined or editors don't add modules to pages, then there won't be anything to output for your pages.

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What is in a Page Module?

A Page Module in Agility CMS has a name, description, and fields.

The Name is a representation of the module's intended functionality, such as Posts Listing or Rich Text Area.

It is recommended that each module gets a description, this helps users understand when and where to use this definition.

Fields represent the content that can be managed by editors within the module. These fields are then used in code (passed as props) to display the content the editor intended.

Learn how to How to Create a Page Module.

An Example

In the agilitycms-gatsby-starter site, the name of the page module is used to find a corresponding react component that matches the same name. If a match is found, that component is dynamically imported and rendered.

For example, if a module has a reference name of RichTextArea in the CMS, then while the page is being rendered by the gatsby-source-agilitycms plugin, it will look for ./src/components/agility-pageModules/RichTextArea.jsx in the ./src/components/agility-pageModules directory.


Internally, the <ContentZone /> component will dynamically import the module and pass all the field values for that module as props.

import React from "react"
import { renderHTML } from "../../agility/utils"

const RichTextArea = ({ module }) => {
  // get module fields
  const { customFields } = module

  return (
    <div className="relative px-8">
      <div className="max-w-2xl mx-auto my-12 md:mt-18 lg:mt-20">
          className="prose max-w-full mx-auto"

export default RichTextArea

Did you notice that we haven't used any GraphQL to get our data? That's because the data is already retrieved in the initial GraphQL page query and it simply passed as props to our UI.

How to Query GraphQL in a Page Module

While it's convenient that the fields on your modules are automatically passed to your React components, there will be cases where you'll need to access content that is not associated with your modules, such as content stored in Shared Content in the CMS.

For these cases, you'll need to formulate a Static GraphQL query. Gatsby provides a useful tool called useStaticQuery, which is a React Hook used to query GraphQL data at build time.

An example Static Query used in a PostListing module that lists blog posts:

import React from "react"
import { Link, graphql, useStaticQuery } from "gatsby"
import { AgilityImage } from "@agility/gatsby-image-agilitycms"

const PostListing = () => {
  // graphql query for posts data
  const data = useStaticQuery(graphql`
    query {
      posts: allAgilityPost(
        filter: { properties: { referenceName: { eq: "posts" } } }
        sort: { fields: customFields___date, order: DESC }
      ) {
        nodes {
          customFields {
            date(formatString: "MMMM DD, YYYY")
            image {
            category {
          sitemapNode {
          linkedContent_agilityCategory {
            customFields {

  // get posts
  const posts = data.posts.nodes

export default PostListing

How to Add a new Page Module

If you create a new Page Module within Agility CMS, you'll want to create the corresponding React component for it within the .src/components/agility-pageModules directory.

All of the Page Modules that are being used within the site need to be imported into the index file within the .src/components/agility-pageModules directory and added allModules array:

import RichTextArea from "./RichTextArea";
import FeaturedPost from "./FeaturedPost";
import PostsListing from "./PostsListing";
import PostDetails from "./PostDetails";
import Heading from "./Heading";
import TextBlockWithImage from "./TextBlockWithImage";

// All of the Agility Page Module Components that are in use in this site need to be imported into this index file.
// Place Page Modules in allModules array below, passing in a name and the component.

const allModules = [
  { name: "TextBlockWithImage", module: TextBlockWithImage },
  { name: "Heading", module: Heading },
  { name: "FeaturedPost", module: FeaturedPost },
  { name: "PostsListing", module: PostsListing },
  { name: "PostDetails", module: PostDetails },
  { name: "RichTextArea", module: RichTextArea },

export const getModule = (moduleName) => {
  if (!moduleName) return null;
  const obj = allModules.find(
    (m) => === moduleName.toLowerCase()
  if (!obj) return null;
  return obj.module;

If there is no React component for your module, then nothing can be rendered for it in your Gatsby site.

How to Change the Fields

You can alter your fields at any time and the field values passed to your component will update automatically the next time you run another build.

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