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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)

Setting up the basic project with collections

Let’s start by reviewing what we learned in Chapters 4 and 5 and set up a collection for our photo posts. To get things properly configured, add a new directory in the src directory and name it posts. This is where we can store all the posts for the photo blog.

Each post can start with three pieces of frontmatter: title, description, and date:

title: This is the first gallery
description: This is a gallery of kittens
date: "2022-11-01"

For our photo site, we’ll deviate a little bit from the traditional way of creating these new posts and instead of putting the Markdown file directly in the posts directory, we’ll create a subdirectory with the post slug as its name. In that directory, the post will be added with the name This will allow us to colocate the post’s images with the post markdown.

Your posts directory should look like the following structure:

- posts