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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)

Building a Blog with Collections

In the first few chapters of this book, we set up a simple website. The pages had similar layouts and needs. To launch that site, we were able to work with just the very core functionality of 11ty and not extend it too much. In this chapter and Chapter 5, we’ll be pushing 11ty further in order to create a blog site.

In this chapter, we’ll set up the basic blog functionality using the concept of collections in 11ty, set up a special template for blog posts, work through date issues, and work with 11ty’s concept of pagination to create a classic, minimal blog site.

We’ll cover the following topics in the chapter:

  • What is a collection?
  • Creating a collection with directory data and Markdown
  • Creating a custom template for blog posts
  • Creating a paginated list of blog posts
  • Creating dynamic category pages