Dynamic User Pages

Suppose you want to redirect paths beginning with @ to a specific user page. For example, the @datawookie path would take you to the user page for handle datawookie.

There are probably a few ways to do this, but one approach would be to use dynamic routing.

🚀 TL;DR Show me the code. Look at the 27-dynamic-users branch. This site is deployed here.

First let’s set up the user page at src/pages/user.jsx.

import React from "react"
import Layout from "../layouts"

export default function User({ handle }) {
    return (
            <h1>User Page: {handle}</h1>

Nothing fancy there. The User component accepts a single argument, handle, which it interpolates into an <h1> tag.

Next we’ll set up dynamic routing via src/pages/[...].js.

import React from "react";
import User from "./user";

export default function DynamicRoute(props) {
    const slug = props.params[`*`];

    if (slug && slug.startsWith("@")) {
        return (
              <User handle={slug.slice(1)} />

The conditional checks whether there is an URL slug and that it starts with a @. When both of these conditions are satisfied it renders the User component.

That’s it. If you request a path beginning with an @ you’ll end up on a (spectacularly boring) user page.

Try this, which should get you to the page below.

Example user page.