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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)

Creating Custom 11ty Plugins

In this book, we’ve created four separate projects that have put 11ty through its paces. While most of it has been a fun exercise in coding, doing the same tasks over and over again in your regular work is less efficient than is optimal. In this chapter, we’ll take much of the knowledge earned in the course of this book and put it all together into a series of 11ty plugins that you can use in any of your projects and publish for others to use, as well.

We’ve used plugins multiple times throughout the book but haven’t dived into what it takes to make one. The process is not too different from the work we’ve done in creating sites with 11ty. In this chapter, we’ll discuss what a plugin is, and convert reusable features from our various projects into individual plugins. To do that, we’ll cover plugin basic setup, plugin testing, and creating plugin configuration options in the following sections:

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