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Eleventy by Example

By : Bryan Robinson
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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 Photography Site with the 11ty Image Plugin

Images are one of the biggest concerns for performance on the internet. Even with the large amount of JavaScript most sites ship with, image optimization is the easiest way to increase the speed of your website. Making a photography site with performant images isn’t an easy task on your own. Luckily, 11ty has an Image plugin that makes it a bit easier.

In this chapter, we’ll review setting up a site that uses collections, dive into a complex use case for JavaScript data files to make image data generation easier, and then explore the Image plugin for setting up proper image formats and sizes for multiple styles of photo blog template, all with a focus on performance.

We’ll cover the following:

  • Setting up the basic project with collections
  • Writing a data file to automatically create an image array for each post
  • Installing and configuring the Image plugin
  • Creating a specialized template...