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README.md

eleventy-parcel-boilerplate

Starter kit for using Eleventy with Parcel, backed by Forestry.

Eleventy is a simpler static site generator, which does a beautiful job of scaffolding your static site. However, a web application is so much more; what about images, stylesheets, or scripts? This is where Parcel, a zero configuration web application bundler, comes in. By combining Eleventy with Parcel, you can take your static site to the next level with minimal effort.

As a bonus, this project is preconfigured to work out of the box with Forestry, in case you use Forestry to edit your site content.

Installation

Recommended

This project is set-up as a Template Repository. Click the "Use this template" button to create your new static site from this repository.

Others

  1. Clone the repository using git clone https://github.com/vseventer/eleventy-parcel-boilerplate.
  2. Navigate to your project directory using cd eleventy-parcel-boilerplate.
  3. Install the dependencies using npm install.

This project supports both npm and yarn, feel free to use whichever package manager you're most comfortable with.

Getting Started

Please familiarize yourself with Eleventy and Parcel, and you will recognize the source directory contains all you need to get started with your new static site.

By default, Parcel will mark all files in your top-level source directory as entry points of your static site. Typically, these are your index.html, 404.html, robots.txt, or CNAME. This project assumes all other pages of your static site are referenced by any of these entry points, and Parcel will pick them up automatically.

Development

  • To start the development server, run npm start or npm run watch and navigate to http://localhost:8080.
  • To build your site just once (for production), run npm run build.

The development server, browser-sync, is provided by Eleventy and set-up to work in sync with Parcel.

Configuration

This project predefines a set of configuration files, which can be tweaked depending on your preferences.

package.json

The browserslist property reflects the browsers your static website supports, per browserslist.

The homepage property should reflect the URL of your production site. If you prefer to use absolute URLs, remove the --public-url $npm_package_homepage flag from the parcel:build npm script.

The config block in package.json enumerates three directories:

  • input: the source of your web application.
  • intermediate: the output directory for Eleventy, and input directory for Parcel. You should never directly modify contents in this directory.
  • output: the final build of your web application.

.babelrc

The Babel smart preset is used allowing you to use the latest JavaScript. Two separate plugins supporting (private) class methods and properties are added by default as well.

.eslintrc and src/.eslintrc

This project follows Airbnb configuration for ESLint. The source directory extends the base configuration, and makes sure you can use process in your JavaScript, as this is supported by Parcel.

Linting is ran on your configuration files, as well as the scripts in the source directory of your static site.

.stylelintrc

This project follows the recommended configuration for stylelint, with support for SCSS-syntax. Linting is ran as part of PostCSS as explained below.

eleventy.config.js

The Eleventy configuration file adds support for running a staging environment, useful for Forestry integration. The development server is also updated to redirect 404 routes to your 404.html page (if present in your project).

In addition, it sets some sane defaults, as well as provide a boilerplate for how to add custom filters and tags. This project comes with two, a debug filter, and link custom Nunjucks tag.

postcss.config.js

The PostCSS configuration adds a number of plugins. Your stylesheets are linted with stylelint, before being optimized with PurgeCSS (production only), and autoprefixer.

posthtml.config.js

The PostHTML configuration adds a custom plugin to your pipeline, required to make Eleventy and Parcel play nice together. Do not remove this plugin unless you know what you are doing, or want your build to break.

Parcel

Parcel does not have a separate configuration file, but does pick-up on packages named parcel-plugin-*. Included with this project are:

  • parcel-plugin-eslint: required to run linting before building with Parcel.
  • parcel-plugin-keep-asset-folders: recommended if you want to keep your assets source directory structure rather than storing them all in the top-level output folder.
  • parcel-plugin-remove-index-html: highly recommended if you want your final build to have nice URLs (https://example.com/ vs https://example.com/index.html).

Content Management

Content of your site lives in the src/ directory by default.

If you are using Forestry to manage your content, import your site by following the steps in the Forestry Dashboard. This project is set-up so that the Instant Preview functionality of Forestry will work out of the box.

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License

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2019 Mark van Seventer

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of
this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in
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