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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)

Summary

In this chapter, we took a basic HTML website and converted it to an 11ty site. We learned about the philosophies and terminology that are core to understanding 11ty. We ran 11ty with no configuration, then set 11ty up with a best-practice structure using 11ty’s eleventy.config.js configuration file. We repurposed our HTML code into reusable layouts and includes for maintainability and reusability.

To take this chapter further, look at how you might break the header.html include down into smaller, more readable pieces. Maybe abstract out the meta tags into their own include or move the logo SVG into its own file.

In the next chapter, we’ll take a look at 11ty’s powerful Data Cascade and how to add dynamic or unique data to each include as well as to our pages and layouts.