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How to Build a Forum App with Next.Js and Strapi CMS

14 August 2023 by Sara Wahba

In today's digital landscape, creating engaging online communities is essential for businesses, influencers, and enthusiasts alike. One of the most popular ways to achieve this is by setting up a forum. Fortunately, modern development tools and frameworks make this easier than ever before. Today, Kapsys will explore how to craft your very own forum app using Next.Js and Strapi CMS—a powerful combination that will revolutionize the way you think about forum CMS platforms.

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Why Choose Next.Js and Strapi CMS?

Next.Js is renowned for its server-side rendering capabilities, ensuring blazing-fast performance for web applications. When paired with Strapi, an open-source headless CMS, you gain flexibility in content management, ensuring a seamless experience for both developers and end-users.

Setting the Foundation: Initial Setup

Configuring Strapi CMS

1.Install Strapi: 

First, you need to install Strapi. You can achieve this by running the following commands:

npx create-strapi-app my-forum-backend --quickstart

2. Set Up Forum Models:
Once installed, access the Strapi admin dashboard. Create a new Content Type named "Posts" with fields like title, content, and author.

Integrating Next.Js

1.Initialize Your Next.Js App

Use the create-next-app command:

npx create-next-app my-forum-frontend

2.Connect to Strapi

Ensure your Next.Js app can fetch data from Strapi by using a suitable method, such as Axios or the native fetch API.

Bringing Your Forum to Life

How to Build a Forum App with Next.Js and Strapi CMS

Designing the Frontend

  1. Pages and Components: Start by crafting essential pages like Home, Categories, and Single Post. Use Next.Js's dynamic routing to generate post pages dynamically.
  2. Styling: To give your forum a distinct look, consider using a library like Tailwind CSS. It integrates flawlessly with Next.Js, providing a highly customizable design system.

Fetching and Displaying Content

  1. Data Fetching: Use the getServerSideProps or getStaticProps functions in Next.Js to fetch your forum's content from Strapi CMS.
  2. Populating the Forum: Display the fetched content using React components, ensuring you have sections for the post title, content, and author.

Advanced Features

User Authentication

Integrate user authentication by leveraging NextAuth.js and Strapi's user roles and permissions. This allows users to register, log in, and even post on your forum.

Commenting System

Expand the interaction on your forum by adding a commenting system. Create a new Content Type in Strapi named "Comments" and associate it with the "Posts".

Notifications & Emailing

To keep users engaged, integrate a notification system. Utilize services like SendGrid or Mailgun to manage email notifications.


Building a forum app is no small feat, but it's an achievable goal with the combined power of Next.Js and Strapi CMS. The union of these platforms offers a flexible, scalable, and user-friendly solution, redefining the standards for forum CMS platforms.

For more insights into web development and to delve deeper into the world of Next.Js and Strapi CMS, don’t hesitate to check out our comprehensive guide on modern web frameworks. Furthermore, if you're keen to discover other CMS platforms that might be a perfect fit for your project, here’s a list of top CMS platforms in 2023 that can offer insightful perspectives.

Remember, the digital realm is constantly evolving. Staying updated with the latest tools and technologies, like Next.Js and Strapi CMS, will ensure you remain at the forefront of the digital revolution.