Server Rendering to Static Rendering

Add Fallback 404 Page

Currently, we don't render a 404 page when we couldn't find a blog post. That's what we are doing in this step:

Replace our getStaticProps function with this:

export async function getStaticProps ({ params }) {
  let post = null

  try {
    post = await githubCms.getPost(params.slug)
  } catch (err) {
    if (err.status !== 404) {
      throw err

  return {
    props: {
    revalidate: 2

It will return the post prop as null when we cannot find the blog post.

Now we need to update our Next.js page to show a 404 page. Before we do that, let's import this:

import Head from 'next/head'

Then add the following code block after we handle router.isFallback:

if (!post) {
  return (
        <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
      404 - Page not found!

(Here's the final version of the file after all these changes.)

It will show a 404 page and ask search engines to stop indexing. We do that by adding the robots meta tag.

šŸ›Žļø We haven't talked about next/head yet. But will discuss it in detail in a future lesson.
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