Add Tailwind CSS to a Statiq website

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  • Statiq
  • tailwind
  • website migration

In this article, I will be showing how we can integrate Tailwind CSS with Statiq.

Problem

As part of the migration from Gatsby to Statiq, I wanted to use Tailwind with Statiq. Tailwind is available as an NPM package while static is a .Net solution.

Many articles out there discuss the pros and cons of using Tailwind so that I won’t be doing that. All I will be saying is that Tailwind is a utility first framework with what might be considered an ugly-as syntax, but boy is it faster to build elegant components.

Preresiquites

Install Tailwind

Tailwind can only be installed as an NPM package.

Step 1: Create a folder called node

Because our core project is a .Net Core application, and we don’t need npm except for Tailwind, we will install it in a separate folder. This will avoid clutter in the root directory.

Step 2: Install packages

We will install Tailwind and other peer dependencies inside a directory called node.

cd node
npm install -D tailwindcss@latest postcss@latest autoprefixer@latest
  • PostCSS is a preprocessor that transforms the CSS using plugins.
  • AuoPrefixer is a PostCSS plugin to add vendor prefixes to CSS rules.

Our package.json should look something like this.

{
    "devDependencies": {
        "@tailwindcss/typography": "^0.4.1",
        "autoprefixer": "^10.3.1",
        "postcss": "^8.3.6",
        "tailwindcss": "^2.2.7"
    }
}

Step 3: Configure postcss

Create a postcss.config.js file and add tailwindcss and autoprefixer

module.exports = {
    plugins: {
        tailwindcss: {},
        autoprefixer: {},
    },
};

Step 3: Configure Tailwind

Generate a config file using the Tailwind CLI utility

npx tailwindcss init

This will create a tailwind.config.js file.

We will update the purge section to optimize our CSS

    purge: {
        enabled: true,
        content: ['../**/input/**/*.cshtml'],
    },
  • Line 2:Enable purge without having to set the NODE_ENV to production
  • Line 3:Scan our razor views files and remove any superfluous CSS from our final output file. We prefix the path with ../ because our config is inside a subfolder and we need to find the razor views from the root.

Our final configuration will look like this.

module.exports = {
    purge: {
        enabled: true,
        content: ['../**/input/**/*.cshtml'],
    },
    darkMode: false, // or 'media' or 'class'
    theme: {
        extend: {},
    },
    variants: {
        extend: {},
    },
    plugins: [],
};

Step 4: Add CSS

Create an input folder and add a _site.css

/*! @import */
@tailwind base;
@tailwind components;
@tailwind utilities;

Step 5: Build the CSS

npx tailwind build -c ./tailwind.config.js -i ../input/_site.css -o ../Bookland/output/assets/styles.css
  • -c: The config file path
  • -i: The input file path. Our CSS file is in the input folder and called _site.css
  • -o: The output file path. Our output file is in the output folder and called styles.css

Step 6: Link the stylesheet to a layout file

In our input folder, we will add a _Layout.cshtml file and link to the stylesheet generated by tailwind and postcss.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <link href="/styles.css" rel="stylesheet"/>
</head>
<body>
@RenderBody()
  • Reference to the styles.css file

Conclusion

Now we should be able to add Tailwind classes to our Razor view. The generated site will use the styles outputted by Tailwind.

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