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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

Whether you choose Netlify, Vercel, Cloudflare Pages, or another platform, the process to deploy to a static site host begins with a GitHub repository.

Setting up a GitHub repository

Whether you’re starting from the code you’ve been working on since Chapter 1 or coming fresh and using the end directory from the GitHub repository, it will be best to move this directory to its own folder on your computer and initialize a new Git repository by running git init within the directory.

While the project files have a global .gitignore, this new project won’t have that available. Before moving forward, add a .gitignore file to the root of the new project. In this new file, add the following code to have your repository set up properly:

# Keep node modules out of GitHub and have them be fetched
  at build time
node_modules
# The site should be generated in our chosen platform, not
  stored in Git
_site

Once...