How to Set Up a Preview Deployment with Netlify

The easiest way to get Preview set up with Eleventy, is to set up and configure a secondary deployment of your Eleventy site using your Preview/Development API Keys, which will pull down and sync your latest changes to Content and Pages.

Setting Up a Preview Deployment with Netlify

Setting Up your Preview Domain in Agility

Updating the Eleventy Site When Content is Saved

Setting Up a Preview Deployment with Netlify

Sign in to your Netlify account, or Sign Up if you don't already have one. Then, create a New Site from Git. Choose the Git provider where your site’s source code is hosted.


Search for the Eleventy site you wish to deploy.


Update the build command to npm run dev


Be sure to click "Show Advanced" to show the option of adding and defining environment variables, the environment variables you'll need to add are as followed:

# get these values from the API Keys page in Agility Settings =>

# Your Instance Id

# Your Live API Key

# Your Preview API Key

# The Locale You'd Like To Source Content From (Default en-us) =>

# The Name of the Sitemap You'd Like To Source Content From (Default website) =>

# This tells Netlify to use Node version 14 or above

When the site is deployed, you'll notice the site with its Staging Content.


Setting Up Preview Domain in Agility

Once you have your Preview Deployment set up on Netlify, we can set up the domain Netlify provides as the Preview Domain in Agility CMS.

Learn how to customize your domain in Netlify


In Agility CMS, head to Settings > Sitemaps, and set up a new Custom Deployment.


Give your deployment a Name, enter the URL, and set it as the Preview Deployment then click Save.Screen_Shot_2021-05-20_at_11.09.01_AM.png

Updating the Eleventy Site When Content is Saved

To update the Staging Content of your Preview deployment when a save is made, we'll need to set up a Webhook to notify Netlify of these changes.

In Netlify, go to Build Settings > Build & Deploy and add a Build Hook. Copy the Webhook URL Netlify generates for you.Screen_Shot_2021-05-20_at_11.13.00_AM.png

In Agility CMS, go to Settings > Web Hooks, and add a new Webhook. Give it a Name, and paste the Webhook URL Netlify generated for you. Uncheck Receive Content Publish Events. Check Receive Content Save Events. You can test the webhook by sending a Test Payload.


The Preview Deployment of your Eleventy site will now rebuild and update when Save events are made in Agility!


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