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: https://www.learnwithjason.dev/create-a-plugin-for-11ty