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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)

Creating a collection with directory data and Markdown

To start, let’s create a new directory in our src folder named posts. This will be the directory that houses all the blog posts for our blog. Once that directory is created, add two Markdown files to the directory. The names of these files will, by default, be the URL for each post, so name them accordingly. For my posts, I’ll use and – creative, I know.

Inside these files, we need a little bit of frontmatter and then the content written in Markdown. All Markdown is acceptable, but keep in mind the template we’ll create will already have an <h1>, so it’s best not to have one in the content for SEO and accessibility reasons:

title: My First Blog Post
layout: "layouts/base.html"
    - "post"
## This is a headline for a blog post
This is a paragraph for a blog post.

This creates a singular...