New Eleventy Blog Starter
In my last newsletter, I mentioned that I’m giving a mini workshop on building and deploying an Eleventy blog. I forked the eleventy-base-blog, which was my original starting point, and made some opinionated changes:
- Uses a /src/ directory
- Moves most filters to a separate file to clean up the config file
- Adds more filters commonly used by me
- Inlines and minifies CSS by default
- Uses a more accessible color scheme for code blocks, and uses CSS variables so it’s easier to switch it up.
- Adds RSS link to navigation
- Uses a responsive font size and flow system that is more readable, partially based on Improve the readability of the content on your website by Andy Bell
- Adds a footer at the bottom of the viewport
- Centers post article column, with wider image and code blocks, similar to the Hylia starter
Like the sound of that? You can preview a build and checkout out the GitHub repo. The event is on Tuesday if you still want to join.
Initial Thoughts on Astro
I have a legacy webpack project that is mostly HTML pages with vanilla JS and one page that is a full React app. I’ve been wanting to add HTML templating for all the regular HTML pages. Eleventy would be great, but I still have that one page that is mostly a React app.
Slinkity is a promising-looking Eleventy plugin, but still very early stage. So I started trying out Astro. It’s pretty slick. Here are my pros and cons so far:
- Pro: Easy to create a new project using the CLI
- Pro: Can use most JS frameworks (React, Preact, Vue, Angular, Svelte) and regular HTML templates with the
.astro file type.
- Pro: Porting over my SCSS just worked
- Con: Vanilla JS is still tricky. There is no bundling, transpiling, etc. available yet. So you have to inline it all in your HTML (if you’re not using a framework component). They are working on this.
- Con: It’s built on Snowpack but they hijack and use their own server, so all the Snowpack dev server config stuff isn’t available yet. I need to proxy an API web server (a Rails backend), but this isn’t possible yet.
<script> tags. This point might become moot if they get a Script component working which will also transpile and bundle vanilla JS.
What cool new tools have you tried out lately? Drop me a line on Twitter!
Building websites is fun
I don’t have any new blog posts for this episode, but if you want a fun tongue-in-cheek read for this Friday, check out How to build a website in 2021.
11ty Meetup Episode 2!
Our second Eleventy meetup is next week! We’re learning about 11ty image and the creator economy. Check out all the deets on 11tymeetup.dev.
Cheerio and Happy Friday!