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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 11ty manually

To start, let’s look at how to deploy an 11ty site manually. While there are better options for this process that we’ll explore later in the chapter, understanding what is happening is important.

A site to deploy

We’ll deploy Project 1, which we built in Chapters 1 and 2. If you didn’t follow that process, get a copy of the files from this book’s GitHub repository ( Open the project in a code editor and terminal and move into /project-1/chapter-2/end for a working 11ty site to deploy.

The main directory of an 11ty project is not what’s needed on a server. Most of the files won’t serve properly—despite some of them having an .html file extension. Before uploading any file, 11ty needs to run in build mode to generate the files needed to upload.

From within an 11ty project, run the following command:

npm run build