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A starter repository showing how to build a blog with the Eleventy static site generator.

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Getting Started

1. Clone this Repository

git clone my-blog-name

2. Navigate to the directory

cd my-blog-name

Specifically have a look at .eleventy.js to see if you want to configure any Eleventy options differently.

3. Install dependencies

npm install

4. Edit _data/metadata.json

5. Run Eleventy

npx @11ty/eleventy

Or build and host locally for local development

npx @11ty/eleventy --serve

Or build automatically when a template changes:

npx @11ty/eleventy --watch

Or in debug mode:

DEBUG=* npx @11ty/eleventy

Implementation Notes

  • about/ shows how to add a content page.
  • posts/ has the blog posts but really they can live in any directory. They need only the post tag to be added to this collection.
  • Use the eleventyNavigation key in your front matter to add a template to the top level site navigation. For example, this is in use on index.njk and about/
  • Content can be any template format (blog posts needn’t be markdown, for example). Configure your supported templates in .eleventy.js -> templateFormats.
  • The css and img directories in the input directory will be copied to the output folder (via addPassthroughCopy() in the .eleventy.js file).
  • The blog post feed template is in feed/feed.njk. This is also a good example of using a global data files in that it uses _data/metadata.json.
  • This example uses three layouts:
    • _includes/layouts/base.njk: the top level HTML structure
    • _includes/layouts/home.njk: the home page template (wrapped into base.njk)
    • _includes/layouts/post.njk: the blog post template (wrapped into base.njk)
  • _includes/postlist.njk is a Nunjucks include and is a reusable component used to display a list of all the posts. index.njk has an example of how to use it.