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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)

What can an 11ty plugin do?

An 11ty plugin is, at its core, a portable configuration file that can be installed via npm into new projects. Each plugin defines a set of functionality in the eleventy.config.js file.

Anything possible in a regular 11ty project is possible in an 11ty plugin, such as the following:

  • Custom filters
  • Custom shortcodes
  • Global data creation
  • 11ty events
  • Custom template language support (e.g., adding Sass support or JavaScript compiling support)
  • 11ty output transformations (e.g., minifying HTML)
  • Conditionally adding or removing files

Anything you can do from within the eleventy.config.js file is possible. While the preceding list has many common use cases, there are plenty more. After going through the examples in this chapter, set your sights on other common use cases that you’d like to streamline for yourself.

Let’s start by creating a basic plugin to allow a project to have access to three shortcodes...