Learn How To Build Custom Theme for Telescope Nova

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Making Telescope Nova custom theme

Telescope Nova is the perfect platform to use if you want to build your own social web app fast and easy. This is a free and open-source project created by Sacha Greif. The front-end development part of the app is built with the React library , while the back-end is taken care of by the Meteor framework. Both are written in JavaScript, one of the most popular programming languages today.

Since at work we are using Meteor.js for back-end development, it was next to impossible for us not to try to customize Telescope Nova, which is one of the most popular among Meteor apps.

In this quick tip, you will learn how to create your own custom theme for Telescope Nova. But first, a few words on how to get your development environment set up.

Installing Node.js , NPM and Meteor.js

Before you can install Nova, you need to have Node.js, NPM and Meteor.js already installed. If you haven’t, proceed with the following installation steps:

  1. Install Node.js and NPM . If you are using Windows and struggle with installation, How to Install Node.js and NPM on Windows by Dave McFarland should be helpful
  2. Install Meteor.js.

Installing Telescope Nova

Now let’s install Nova on your localhost. On the command line, type:

git clone https://github.com/TelescopeJS/Telescope.git
cd Telescope
npm install

Then you should be able to see the app running on http://localhost:3000/ .

For more info about installing Nova, go to their GitHub instructions.

Read the full tutorial here and learn how to make your theme for Telescope Nova.

About the author

Hi, my name is Jelena and thank you for reading this post!

I am 23 yo Co-founder & Web Developer at Vanila.io . I learn new stuff everyday and here I will share all my experiences and thoughts with you.

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