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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)

Technical requirements

This is the beginning of project 2. In order to follow along, fork and clone the book’s GitHub repository at and begin in project-2/chapter-4/start. The starting point for this project is a very basic 11ty site and can operate as a reminder of and practice for the basic project setup we covered in Chapter 1.

In this project, we’ll start with an index page, a posts page, and a basic base layout. This project also uses Tailwind CSS for styling with Tailwind’s CDN.

What is Tailwind CSS?

Tailwind is a “utility-first” CSS framework. We’ll use this throughout the rest of the book for simple styling without needing to dive into the inner workings of CSS. Throughout the code examples, there will be various class names added to the HTML. These classes are how Tailwind will style the content.

None of these classes is necessary to make the projects work, but they...