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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 custom template for blog posts

Figure 4.2 – Final blog post layout

We could continue to use the base template for our site on the blog posts, but we now have unique data for each page. We could set up conditionals on the base template to handle these, but if we want to create something starkly different from the base layout, it would become a mess of nested if statements.

To set up a new layout, create a new file in the src/_templates/layouts directory named post.html. From there, we need to refactor our base layout to use includes for the standard HTML. This will allow their reuse in the post layout.

Refer back to Chapter 1 and try to set this up on your own as a challenge.

If you’re not ready for that, we need to create header.html and footer.html files in the /src /_templates/includes directory. The header file will contain everything from the Doctype to the main div element that will contain the content of each page: