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Integrating Butter into your Spring app is dead simple. Here's a mini tutorial to get a feel for of setting up your blog home and blog post pages. For full an integration guide check out our Official Spring Guide

To display posts we create a simple /blog route in our app and fetch blog posts from the Butter API. See our API reference for additional options such as filtering by category or author. The response also includes some metadata we'll use for pagination.

com.yourorganization.app.controllers
@Controller
public class BlogController {
  private IButterCMSClient butterCMSClient;

  public BlogController(IButterCMSClient butterCMSClient) {
    this.butterCMSClient = butterCMSClient;
  }

  @RequestMapping("/blogs")
  public String getBlogs(Model model, @RequestParam(value = "category", required = false) String category, @RequestParam(value = "tag", required = false) String tag) {
    PostsResponse posts = butterCMSClient.getPosts(new HashMap<String, String>() {{
      put("category_slug", category);
      put("tag_slug", tag);
    }});
    if (posts.getData() == null || posts.getData().isEmpty()) {
      return "404";
    }
    model.addAttribute("blogs", posts.getData().stream()
        .map(value ->
            new HashMap<String, String>() {{
              put("slug", value.getSlug());
              put("title", value.getTitle());
            }}
        ).collect(Collectors.toList()));
    model.addAttribute("category", category);
    model.addAttribute("tag", tag);
    return "blog/blogs";
  }

Next we'll create a simple view at src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/jsp/blog/blogs.jsp that displays our posts and pagination links:

<%@ taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <title>Hello! This is Java ButterCMS example!</title>
</head>
<body>
<h2 class="hello-title">Hello! This is Java ButterCMS example!</h2>
<h3>Here is a list of Posts</h3>
<c:if test="${not empty tag}">
    <h4>Tag: ${tag}</h4>
</c:if>
<c:if test="${not empty category}">
    <h4>Category: ${category}</h4>
</c:if>
<ul>
    <c:forEach items="${blogs}" var="blog">
        <li><a href="/blog/${blog["slug"]}">${blog["title"]}</a></li>
    </c:forEach>
</ul>
</body>
</html>

We'll also create an additional route and controller method for displaying individual posts:

@RequestMapping("/blog/{slug}")
  public String getBlog(Model model, @PathVariable("slug") String slug) {
    PostResponse post = butterCMSClient.getPost(slug);
    model.addAttribute("blog", post.getData());
    return "blog/blog";
  }

The view for displaying a full post includes information such as author, publish date, and categories. See a full list of available post properties in our API reference. We use the Page object for setting the HTML title and meta description in the tag of the page.

src/main/webapp/WEB-INF/jsp/blog/blogs.jsp
<%@ taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <title>${blog.seoTitle}</title>
  <meta property="og:title" content="${blog.seoTitle}"/>
  <meta property="og:image" content="${blog.featuredImage}"/>
  <meta property="og:description" content="${blog.metaDescription}"/>
</head>
<body>
<h1>${blog.title}</h1>
<ul>
    <li>Author: ${blog.author.firstName} ${blog.author.lastName}</li>
    <li>Published: ${blog.published}</li>
    <li>Tags:
        <c:forEach items="${post.tags}" var="tag">
            ${tag.name}
        </c:forEach>
    </li>
</ul>
<img src="${blog.featuredImage}"/>
<div>
    <c:out value="${blog.body}" escapeXml="false"/>
</div>
</body>
</html>
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ButterCMS is an API-based, or "headless", CMS. We're a hosted service and we maintain all of the infrastructure. For more information on how we compare to a traditional CMS check out API-based CMS vs Traditional CMS.

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