How to create an Image Gallery with Astro Framework, in Less than an Hour?

How to create an Image Gallery with Astro Framework, in Less than an Hour?
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Astro is an exceptional frontend framework for effortlessly constructing high-performance websites and applications. It empowers developers to create modular components using a blend of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, which are subsequently compiled into finely-tuned static assets.

Moreover, Astro offers robust support for server-rendering and dynamic loading, rendering it an exceedingly versatile option for constructing static, dynamic, or hybrid websites.

In this article, we will create a gallery website using Astro.

Creating a gallery website using Astro with modals for each image and dedicated pages requires combining Astro's static site generation capabilities with some front-end interactivity. Below are some code snippets and explanations for key parts of the project.

1. Setting Up Your Astro Project

First, initialize your Astro project:

npm init astro

Choose the starter template, or set up a custom configuration.

In your src/pages directory, create an index.astro file. This will be your main gallery page.

---
// Import components and any necessary data here
import ImageComponent from '../components/ImageComponent.astro';
// Assuming you have an array of images
const images = [{ src: 'path/to/image1.jpg', alt: 'Image 1' }, ...];
---
<html>
  <head>
    <title>My Astro Gallery</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <div class="gallery">
      {images.map((image) => (
        <ImageComponent src={image.src} alt={image.alt} />
      ))}
    </div>
  </body>
</html>

3. Creating the Image Component

In your src/components directory, create an ImageComponent.astro file. This component will handle displaying each image and linking to its dedicated page.

---
// Props passed to the component
export let src = '';
export let alt = '';
---
<div class="image-container">
  <a href={`/image/${encodeURIComponent(alt)}`}>
    <img src={src} alt={alt} />
  </a>
</div>

4. Creating Individual Image Pages

Create a dynamic route for individual image pages. In src/pages/image, add a [slug].astro file.

---
// Dynamic slug
const { slug } = Astro.request.params;
const image = findImageBySlug(slug); // Implement this function to find the image data
---
<html>
  <head>
    <title>{image.title}</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <img src={image.src} alt={image.title} />
    <p>{image.description}</p>
  </body>
</html>

5. Styling Your Components

Add CSS in a global stylesheet or inline within your components.

.gallery {
  display: flex;
  flex-wrap: wrap;
}
.image-container {
  margin: 10px;
}
.image-container img {
  width: 100%;
  height: auto;
}

6. Implementing Modals (Optional)

If you want a modal for each image on the gallery page, you would

need to add some client-side interactivity. You can use a front-end framework like Alpine.js or write vanilla JavaScript for this. Here's an example using vanilla JavaScript:

First, modify your ImageComponent.astro to include a modal structure:

---
export let src = '';
export let alt = '';
---
<div class="image-container">
  <img src={src} alt={alt} onclick="openModal('{src}', '{alt}')"/>
  <div id="myModal" class="modal">
    <span class="close" onclick="closeModal()">&times;</span>
    <img class="modal-content" id="img01">
    <div id="caption"></div>
  </div>
</div>

Then, add some JavaScript for modal functionality:

<script>
  function openModal(src, alt) {
    var modal = document.getElementById('myModal');
    var modalImg = document.getElementById('img01');
    var captionText = document.getElementById('caption');
    modal.style.display = "block";
    modalImg.src = src;
    captionText.innerHTML = alt;
  }

  function closeModal() {
    var modal = document.getElementById('myModal');
    modal.style.display = "none";
  }
</script>

And add CSS for the modal:

.modal {
  display: none;
  position: fixed;
  z-index: 1;
  padding-top: 100px;
  left: 0;
  top: 0;
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
  overflow: auto;
  background-color: rgb(0,0,0);
  background-color: rgba(0,0,0,0.9);
}

.modal-content {
  margin: auto;
  display: block;
  width: 80%;
  max-width: 700px;
}

.close {
  position: absolute;
  top: 15px;
  right: 35px;
  color: white;
  font-size: 40px;
  font-weight: bold;
  cursor: pointer;
}

7. Finalizing and Testing

  • Ensure all components are properly linked and the site is structured as you intend.
  • Test the modal functionality and navigation to individual image pages.
  • Check responsiveness and cross-browser compatibility.

This basic structure should help you get started with your Astro-based gallery website. Remember to tailor the components, styles, and functionality to your specific needs and design preferences.

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