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eleventy-base-blog v8

A starter repository showing how to build a blog with the Eleventy site generator (using the v2.0 beta release).

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Deploy this to your own site

Deploy this Eleventy site in just a few clicks on these services:

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.config.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

Generate a production-ready build:

npx @11ty/eleventy

Or build and host locally on a local development server:

npx @11ty/eleventy --serve

Or in debug mode to see all the internals:

# Mac OS/Linux/etc
DEBUG=Eleventy* npx @11ty/eleventy

# Windows
set DEBUG=Eleventy* & npx @11ty/eleventy

# Windows (Powershell in VS Code)
$env:DEBUG="Eleventy*"; npx @11ty/eleventy

Implementation Notes

  • content/about/ is an example of a content page.
  • content/blog/ has the blog posts but really they can live in any directory. They need only the post tag to be included in the blog posts collection.
  • Use the eleventyNavigation key (via the Eleventy Navigation plugin) in your front matter to add a template to the top level site navigation. This is in use on content/index.njk and content/about/
  • Content can be in any template format (blog posts needn’t exclusively be markdown, for example). Configure your project’s supported templates in eleventy.config.js -> templateFormats.
  • The public folder in your input directory will be copied to the output folder (via addPassthroughCopy in the eleventy.config.js file). This means ./public/css/* will live at ./_site/css/* after your build completes.
  • Provides two content feeds:
    • content/feed/feed.njk
    • content/feed/json.njk
  • This project uses three Eleventy 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/postslist.njk is a Nunjucks include and is a reusable component used to display a list of all the posts. content/index.njk has an example of how to use it.