Interested in building a new website with, or converting an existing site to, either of the two best static site generators (SSGs)? Please read on, my friend.
Recently, I’ve been spending spare hours working on Eleventy and Hugo starter sets for folks like you. And they’re not only updated versions of the ones I announced last July, but also some others of more recent vintage—including two new ones I’m announcing today.
Rather than expect you to find them on your own in my various scattered references across my humble little site, I thought I’d write this brief post to list them all together. Maybe you’ll find them helpful in whatever you choose to do in Eleventy or Hugo. Each is always based on the current appearance and layout of this site, which I hope will make clearer the connection between the code and the result.
Incidentally: the eleventy_solo in each Eleventy starter’s name comes from that of this site’s repo (and, if you’re wondering why I chose that name, you may want to see my post from last year about when, and why, I converted the site over from Eleventy/webpack to Eleventy-only).
So, here we go.
- eleventy_solo_starter_njk—Nunjucks templating; Tailwind CSS, now with the JIT compiler. View the demo.
- eleventy_solo_starter_njk_scss (new)—Nunjucks templating; SCSS. View the demo.
- eleventy_solo_starter_twjit—As of 2021-04-05, no longer in active development, because the addition of the JIT compiler to Tailwind CSS core as of Tailwind 2.1.0 makes it duplicative of the eleventy_solo_starter repo.
- eleventy_solo_starter_njk_twjit—As of 2021-04-05, no longer in active development, because the addition of the JIT compiler to Tailwind CSS core as of Tailwind 2.1.0 makes it duplicative of the eleventy_solo_starter_njk repo.
For now, I still have only two Hugo starters. This is for two reasons: there’s only one form of templating in Hugo (Go-based templating); and the Tailwind JIT compiler isn’t yet compatible with Hugo. One is based on Tailwind CSS (again, no JIT) and the other on SCSS. Once the Hugo-vs.-JIT issues are resolved, I’ll likely add a JIT-equipped Hugo starter, too.
As usual, I’ve learned a few things while working on these, including the need to fix some embarrassing oversights in the older ones. Regardless of your proficiency with Eleventy and/or Hugo, perhaps you’ll find them similarly educational. Have fun with them.
If you use one of the repos, you’ll probably want to “watch” that repo for changes (which have been frequent of late). Also, please let me know—including with GitHub issues, if you prefer—if you encounter difficulties with any of them.