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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 dynamic category pages

Blogs have categories. Our blog should have categories. They’re great for organization, user experience, and search engine optimization.

Figure 4.8 – Blog category page

By default, 11ty doesn’t have anything built-in for creating categories. This has led many people to try to use tags for categories with collections, but this ends up crossing purposes with tags and it’s best left to a new piece of functionality. To do this succinctly, we’ll use an 11ty plugin.

We’ll cover plugins in depth in the second half of the book, but for now, know that plugins in 11ty are portable configurations that make anything you can do in the 11ty configuration portable to more projects. For our categorization needs, we’ll use a plugin that can inspect all of the posts collection, find a categories array, and help us create a category pagination template to display all the posts – or paginated...