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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)

Deploying to a Static Site Host

In the first two chapters, we created a simple website with 11ty. The files generated by 11ty can be served from any web server. They require no special software beyond the ability to serve HTML to a browser. That’s part of what makes static site generators so special. In this chapter, we’ll explore the strategies for deploying an 11ty site and what hosts are best suited for hosting 11ty websites.

We’ll cover how to get the website up in the simplest of terms, but expand upon that to find efficiencies so that the deployment process is fully automated. To do that, we’ll find the best hosts for 11ty websites and cover the basic questions to ask to assess each one to find the one best suited to you, as well.

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

  • Technical requirements for hosting 11ty
  • Deploying 11ty manually
  • Deploying 11ty to Netlify
  • Deploying 11ty to Cloudflare Pages