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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)

Adding Data to Your 11ty Website

In the last chapter, we set up the basics of an 11ty website. In this chapter, we’ll give it superpowers by exploring the many ways that 11ty allows us to add static and dynamic data to our templates, layouts, and pages.

At the heart of any website is data. Whether that’s content, structured data, or third-party information, getting data onto a page is the most important thing any site generator can do. By adding a data layer to the simple website we built in Chapter 1, we’ll see how the flexibility of 11ty extends to data via its Data Cascade feature, and how this provides us with great power for customizing our various layouts, includes, and pages.

In this chapter, we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • Understanding the 11ty Data Cascade
  • Adding data for each page
  • Adding data to external files
  • Adding global data