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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)


In this chapter, we took all that we’ve learned through the book and created some reusable code in the form of 11ty plugins. We created a basic plugin that added the shortcodes we created in Chapter 4. We made configurable plugins to add Hygraph data for future projects, and we made an Algolia helper plugin that combined basic functionality, configurability, and the ability to find and manipulate files per project.

When creating functionality that you use over and over again, creating a plugin can be a great solution to reduce the amount of copying and pasting you have to do. It also helps grow the 11ty ecosystem. If you’re looking for functionality, you can be sure someone else is as well. Publish your plugin to help them out!

More on plugins

Want to learn more about 11ty plugins? Watch this video from the Learn with Jason show to get more inspiration about what you can do with plugins: