A simple starter kit for Eleventy
Hylia is a lightweight Eleventy starter kit with Netlify CMS pre-configured, so that you can one-click install a progressive, accessible blog in minutes. It also gives you a well organised starting point to extend it for yourself.
Get started now by deploying Hylia to Netlify.
Hylia version 0.4.2 features:
Dark/Light mode toggle Added in 0.4.0
Method one: One-Click Deploy to Netlify
You can deploy Hylia to Netlify with one click and you’ll be up and running in minutes!
I recorded a quick start video of me deploying Hylia to Netlify and getting the CMS set up. Check it out here.
Method two: Clone / Fork
- Clone or fork this repo:
git clone https://github.com/andybelldesign/hylia
cdinto the project directory and run
- Once all the dependencies are installed run
- Open your browser at
http://localhost:8080and away you go!
Serve the site locally
Build a production version of the site
npm run production
npm run sass:process
Re-generate design tokens for Sass
npm run sass:tokens
Getting started with the CMS
Before you can use the CMS, you need to do some config in Netlify. Luckily they provide a very handy guide to get started.
In short, though:
- Once you’ve set up the site on Netlify, go to “Settings” > “Identity” and enable Identity
- Scroll down to the “Git Gateway” area, click “Enable Git Gateway” and follow the steps
- Click the “Identity” tab at the top
- Once you’ve enabled identity, click “Invite Users”
- Check the invite link in your inbox and click the link in the email that’s sent to you
- Set a password in the popup box
- Go to
/adminon your site and login
- You’re in and ready to edit your content!
Design Tokens and Styleguide
Although Hylia has a pretty simple design, you can configure the core design tokens that control the colours, size ratio and fonts.
Note: Credit must be given to the hard work Jina Anne did in order for the concept of design tokens to even exist. You should watch this video, then read this article and then sign up for this course to expand your knowledge.
To change the design tokens in the CMS, find the “Globals” in the sidebar then in the presented options, select “Theme Settings”.
To change the design tokens directly, edit
The tokens are converted into maps that the Sass uses to compile the front-end CSS, so make sure that you maintain the correct structure of
Your version of Hylia ships with a Styleguide by default. You can see a demo of the Styleguide at https://hylia.website/styleguide/.
You can edit the Styleguide by opening
src/styleguide.njk. If you don’t want the Styleguide, delete that file and the page will vanish.
Hylia is based on the WIP v2 version of Stalfos, which currently has no documentation (I know, I’m bad). Here is some very basic documentation for elements of the new framework that you will encounter on this project.
The whole Sass system is powered by central config file, which lives here:
Before Sass is compiled, a
_tokens.scss file is generated from the design tokens config which is required.
$stalfos-size-scale: A token driven size scale which by default, is a “Major Third” scale
$stalfos-colors: A token driven map of colours
$stalfos-util-prefix: All pre-built, framework utilities will have this prefix. Example: the wrapper utility is '.sf-wrapper' because the default prefix is 'sf-'
$metrics: Various misc metrics to use around the site
$stalfos-config: This powers everything from utility class generation to breakpoints to enabling/disabling pre-built components/utilities
How to create a new utility class with the generator
The utility class generator lets you generate whatever you want, with no opinions on class name or properties affected.
To add a new class, add another item to the exists
$stalfos-config map. This example adds a utility for floating elements.
'float':('items':('left':'left','right': 'right' ), 'output': 'responsive', 'property': 'float' );
output is set to
responsive which means every breakpoint will generate a prefixed class for itself. If you only wanted elements to float left in the
md breakpoint, you’d now be able to add a class of
md:float-left to your HTML elements.
If you only want standard utility classes generating, set the
Function tries to match the passed
$key with the
$stalfos-colors map. Returns null if it can’t find a match.
Returns back a 1 dimensional (key value pair) config value if available.
Function tries to match the passed
$ratio-key with the
$stalfos-size-scale. Returns null if it can’t find a match.
Grabs the property and value of one of the
$stalfos-config utilities that the generator will generate a class for.
Pass in the key of one of your breakpoints set in
$stalfos-config['breakpoints'] and this mixin will generate the
@media query with your configured value.
Content that you can edit
The basic CMS setup allows you to edit the following:
- Home page: Edit the content on your homepage
- Posts: Create and edit blog posts
- Generic pages: Create generic pages that use a similar layout to posts
- Global site data: Various bits of global site data such as your url, title, posts per page and author details
- Navigation: Edit your primary navigation items
- Theme: Edit the design tokens that power the site’s theme
This project is super early and feedback is very much welcome. In order to keep things running smooth, please consult the contribution guide and code of conduct.
The stuff that I need the most help with is: