Syncing Content using the JS SDK

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Agility CMS Sync SDK

The Agility CMS Sync SDK provides an interface to sync, store, and access content locally.

By keeping a local cache of your content, your web app can access content faster. 

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Benefits

  • Access your content quickly, and locally in your web or mobile app
  • Use your own persistent storage, such as Gatsby GraphQL, a Database, or Local Storage
  • Simplify syncing content

Use Cases

  1. You want to reduce the amount of REST API calls made to your Agility CMS instance.
  2. You want so synchronize content from the CMS to another system such Redis Cache
  3. You are running a Server-Side Rendered (SSR) web app and you want to cache your content locally, reducing latency for retrieving content.
  4. You are using a Static Site Generator (SSG) and you don't want to have to re-source all of your content on each build.
  5. You have a client-side Single Page Application, and want to cache content in local storage in the browser.

How it Works

This Sync SDK uses the Sync API getSyncPages and getSyncContent found in our Agility CMS Content Fetch JS SDK and aims to abstract some of the complexities involved in managing synced content.

It Calls the Sync API and returns content that has not yet been synced. The first call will pull everything and save it to your local store. Subsequent calls will only refresh content that has changed since the last time the Sync API was called.

This SDK:

  • Calls the API
  • Manages your syncToken for you
  • Stores content in the filesystem (by default)
  • Provides ability to extend and store/access content in other places

Setup

Install @agility/content-sync:

npm install @agility/content-sync

Sync to Filesystem (using Defaults)

  1. Create a sync client:

    import agilitySync from '@agility/content-sync'
    const syncClient = agilitySync.getSyncClient({
        //your 'guid' from Agility CMS
        guid: 'some-guid',
        //your 'apiKey' from Agility CMS
        apiKey: 'some-api-key',
        //the language(s) of content you want to source
        languages: ['en-us'],
        //your channel(s) for the pages you want to source
    	channels: ['website'],
    	//whether you are using the preview key or not
    	isPreview: false
    });
  2. Run the runSync command to synchronize your Agility CMS content (Content and Pages) to your local filesystem

    await syncClient.runSync();

    runSync() will pull down all your Sitemap, Pages, and Content and store them in your local filesystem under the default path .agility-files.

Sync using a Custom Store

While this SDK provides a filesystem sync interface by default, you can change this and use another one or create your own.

import agilitySync from '@agility/constent-sync'
import aSampleSyncConsoleInterface from './store-interface-console'
const syncClient = agilitySync.getSyncClient({
    //your 'guid' from Agility CMS
    guid: 'some-guid',
    //your 'apiKey' from Agility CMS
    apiKey: 'some-api-key',
    //the language(s) of content you want to source
    languages: ['en-us'],
    //your channel(s) for the pages you want to source
    channels: ['website'],
    //your custom storage/access interface
    store: {
        //must be the interface used to store and access content
        interface: aSampleSyncConsoleInterface,
        //any options/config that you want to pass along to your interface as an argument 'options'
        options: {}
    }
});
//start the sync process
syncClient.runSync();

Accessing Content

Once content is in your sync store, you can easily access it as you need it:

import agilitySync from '@agility/constent-sync'
const syncClient = agilitySync.getSyncClient({
    //your 'guid' from Agility CMS
    guid: 'some-guid',
    //your 'apiKey' from Agility CMS
    apiKey: 'some-api-key',
    //the language(s) of content you want to source
    languages: ['en-us'],
    //your channel(s) for the pages you want to source
    channels: ['website']
});

//start the sync process
await syncClient.runSync();

//query and retrieve your content
const contentItem = await syncClient.store.getContentItem({
    contentID: 21,
    languageCode: languageCode
})

const contentList = await syncClient.store.getContentList({
    referenceName: 'posts',
    languageCode: languageCode
})

Clearing out the Sync Content

To clear out the locally synced content, run the clearSync command.

await syncClient.clearSync();

How to Create your Own Sync Store

Create a new .js file which exports the following methods:

exports.saveItem = async ({ options, item, itemType, languageCode, itemID }) => {
    console.log(`Console Interface: saveItem has been called`);
    return null;
}

exports.deleteItem = async ({ options, itemType, languageCode, itemID }) => {
    console.log(`Console Interface: deleteItem has been called`);
    return null;
}

exports.mergeItemToList = async ({ options, item, languageCode, itemID, referenceName, definitionName }) => {
	console.log(`Console Interface: mergeItemToList has been called`);
    return null;
}

exports.getItem = async ({ options, itemType, languageCode, itemID }) => {
    console.log(`Console Interface: getItem has been called`)
    return null;
}

exports.clearItems = async ({ options }) => {
    console.log(`Console Interface: clearItem has been called`)
    return null;
}
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