Configuring TailwindCSS

by Paul Applegate

The TailwindCSS settings for this system are very basic. But there are a few settings to note.

Photo of me and my mom on the game show $20,000 pyramid.

The Eastern barred bandicoot.

The Eastern-barred-bandicoot

The eastern barred bandicoot weighs less than 2 kg (4.4 lb) and has a short tail and three to four whitish bars across the rump.[3] The Eastern barred bandicoot has two separated populations, one on the mainland of Australia and one on the island of Tasmania. The Tasmanian form is somewhat larger than the mainland form as the average adult mass is 750 g in Victoria and 1,000 g in Tasmania.[5] It lives for just two to three years and is not gregarious.[3] Males occupy large home ranges compared to females and only consort with females for mating.

This species is nocturnal. It emerges from its nest at dusk to forage for a variety of invertebrates including crickets, beetles and earthworms.[3] During the day it rests in a grass-lined nest. When foraging, it uses its long nose to probe deep into the soil and then digs eagerly when it locates food. Females have 8 nipples and can produce a maximum of 5 young in one litter with an average of 2 to 3 young. Gestation lasts just 12 days—this is one of the shortest gestation periods of any mammal. Young are weaned at 55 days and emerged juveniles remain dependent upon the mother and forage with her until day 86.[3] Given ideal conditions, females can have up to five litters per year although reproduction becomes depressed in summer and ceases altogether in times of drought.[3]


Because TailwindCSS uses Normalize.css to set sensible defaults for all browsers, we lose basic formatting on many top level elements like Headers, <a> and <p> tags, etc. So you’ll want to set your own overrides in the /src/assets/css/tailwind.css file. Here are the current settings for this system as of the writing of this post.

🔥 NOTE: We do set a couple text colors in this file. So if you’re looking for them in the /src/_data/colors.js file, I left a comment there at the top to look here in the /src/assets/css/tailwind.css file.

/* /src/assets/css/tailwind.css  */
@tailwind base;

@apply font-semibold text-gray-700;
h1 {
@apply text-4xl;
h2 {
@apply pt-12 text-3xl;
h3 {
@apply text-2xl;
h4 {
@apply text-xl;
h5 {
@apply text-lg;
p a,
li a,
blockquote a,
dd a
@apply font-medium text-indigo-700;
p {
@apply mt-4;
.wrapper > p:first-of-type {
@apply p-0 m-0;

ol {
@apply pt-4 ml-8 list-decimal;
ul {
@apply pt-4 ml-8 list-disc;
blockquote {
@apply pl-4 m-4 border-l-4 border-gray-500;
code {
@apply p-1 text-sm bg-gray-200 border border-gray-300 rounded-lg;
pre code {
@apply bg-transparent border-0 rounded-none;

@tailwind components;

@tailwind utilities;


This system also uses TailwindCSS’ built-in support for PurgeCSS. And because the system uses _data files to control some CSS classes, we have to include them in the /tailwind.config.js settings file so those CSS classes are NOT purged.

And while we’re in the /tailwind.config.js file, let’s take a peek at those custom theme height values that were setup to allow Editors to control the Hero and Featured Images heights:

(always check the TailwindCSS Release Notes page for info on the other settings.)

// /tailwind.config.js
const defaultTheme = require('tailwindcss/defaultTheme')

module.exports = {
purge: [
experimental: {
applyComplexClasses: true,
future: {
removeDeprecatedGapUtilities: true,
theme: {
extend: {
// created my own heights so can specify for Heros
height: (theme) => ({
'1/2': '50vh',
'3/4': '75vh',
'9/10': '90vh',
'1/1': '100vh',
'1/3': 'calc(100vh / 3)',
'1/4': 'calc(100vh / 4)',
'1/5': 'calc(100vh / 5)',
variants: {},
plugins: [require('@tailwindcss/custom-forms')],