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Eleventy by Example

By : Bryan Robinson
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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)

Configuring 11ty

While 11ty can be run without configuration, a little configuration will make our project cleaner and give us access to additional functionality within 11ty.

To configure 11ty, in our project root, we need a configuration file: eleventy.config.js. At its core, 11ty is a Node.js project. The 11ty configuration file is a JavaScript file that exports a configuration function.

The basic structure of the file is as follows (not project code):

// Create variables that require() any packages we need
const plugin = require('some-eleventy-plugin-package')
// Use module.exports to export a configuration function
module.exports = function(eleventyConfig) {
  // Run any code needed (including built-in 11ty methods)
  // If needed, return an object of configuration
  return {
     // Options here

By default, 11ty does not keep track of CSS files, basic JavaScript files, or image files....