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Eleventy by Example

By : Bryan Robinson
Book Image

Eleventy by Example

By: Bryan Robinson

Overview of this book

11ty is the dark horse of the Jamstack world, offering unparalleled flexibility and performance that gives it an edge against other static site generators such as Jekyll and Hugo. With it, developers can leverage the complete Node ecosystem and create blazing-fast, static-first websites that can be deployed from a content delivery network or a simple server. This book will teach you how to set up, customize, and make the most of 11ty in no time. Eleventy by Example helps you uncover everything you need to create your first 11ty website before diving into making more complex sites and extending 11ty’s base functionality with custom short codes, plugins, and content types. Over the course of 5 interactive projects, you’ll learn how to build basic websites, blogs, media sites, and static sites that will respond to user input without the need for a server. With these, you’ll learn basic 11ty skills such as templates, collections, and data use, along with advanced skills such as plugin creation, image manipulation, working with a headless CMS, and the use of the powerful 11ty Serverless plugin. By the end of this book, you’ll be well-equipped to leverage the capabilities of 11ty by implementing best practices and reusable techniques that can be applied across multiple projects, reducing the website launch time.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Running 11ty with no configuration

While most sites you build with 11ty will require some amount of configuration, 11ty comes packaged with enough defaults to get you up and running without writing any configuration.

To start, from within the cloned GitHub repository, open project-1/chapter-1/start in your code editor. This project has a very basic HTML website. It has an assets directory with CSS and images and an index.html and about.html document with some basic structure and content. If you open index.html in a browser, you’ll get a web page, but it won’t have any styles associated and the anchor to the About page won’t work. That’s because this page is expected to run on a server.

Installing 11ty

In order to get a local server, we’ll install and run 11ty.

First, all Node.js projects need a package.json file. We can create one by running the following:

npm init -y

Running this command will initialize this project as a Node.js...