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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)

Querying and formatting the data for 11ty

If you remember all the way back to Chapter 2, you’ll recall that we can add data to 11ty’s Data Cascade in many different ways. The two ways that work best for the application of a headless CMS are a global JavaScript data file and configuration-generated global data. We’ve covered JavaScript data files a couple of times already in the book, so for this project, let’s add this data via the configuration file.

Adding data via the addGlobalData method on the eleventyConfig option will add global data to our cascade that we can use with the added benefit of allowing this to be added to a plugin, as we’ll discover in the next chapter.

The addGlobalData method accepts two arguments: a string to create the data key, and a function to return the data. In this case, we’ll call our data hygraph and use an async function to fetch that data:

eleventyConfig.addGlobalData("hygraph", async function...