Eleventy Starter Boilerplate

Starter code for your 11ty blog Boilerplate

Eleventy Starter Boilerplate Presentation

May 5, 2020

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🚀 Eleventy Starter Boilerplate is production-ready with SEO-friendly for quickly starting a blog. ⚡️ Built with Eleventy, ESLint, Prettier, Webpack, PostCSS, Tailwind CSS and Netlify CMS (optional).

Clone this project and use it to create your own Eleventy blog. You can check a Eleventy js blog templates demo.

The GitHub repository is located Eleventy Starter Boilerplate.


Production-ready in mind:

  • 🔥 11ty for Static Site Generator
  • 🎨 Integrate with Tailwind CSS (with PurgeCSS, remove unused CSS)
  • 💅 PostCSS for processing Tailwind CSS
  • ⚡️ Lazy load images with lazysizes
  • ✨ Compress image with Imagemin
  • 🎈 Syntax Highlighting with Prism.js
  • ☕ Minify HTML & CSS with HTMLMinifier and cssnano
  • ✏️ Linter with ESLint
  • 🛠 Code Formatter with Prettier
  • 💨 Live reload
  • 📦 Module Bundler with Webpack
  • 🦊 Templating with EJS
  • 🤖 SEO metadata and Open Graph tags
  • ⚙️ JSON-LD for richer indexing
  • 🗺 Sitemap.xml
  • ⚠️ 404 page
  • 📖 Pagination
  • ✅ Cache busting
  • 💯 Maximize lighthouse score
  • 🌈 Include a FREE minimalist blog theme
  • 🗒 Netlify CMS (optional)


  • Minimal code (HTML, CSS & JS). Add what you need
  • SEO-friendly
  • 🚀 Production-ready


  • Node.js and npm

Premium Themes (Eleventy Themes)

Blue Dark Eleventy ThemeBlue Eclatant Eleventy Theme
Blue Dark Eleventy Theme premiumBlue Eclatant Eleventy Theme premium
Blue Modern Eleventy ThemeBlue Minimalist Eleventy Theme
Blue Modern Eleventy Theme premiumBlue Minimalist Eleventy Theme premium

Getting started

Run the following command on your local environment:

git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/ixartz/Eleventy-Starter-Boilerplate.git my-project-name
cd my-project-name
npm install

Then, you can run locally in development mode with live reload:

npm run dev

Open http://localhost:8080 with your favorite browser to see your blog.

Project structure

├── public # Static files
│ └── assets
│ └── images # Images not needed by Webpack
└── src
├── _data # Eleventy data folder
├── _includes
│ └── layouts # HTML layout files
├── assets # Assets folder that needs to be processed by Webpack
│ ├── images
│ │ └── posts # Images used in your blog posts (will be compressed by Webpack)
│ └── styles # Your blog CSS files
└── posts # Your blog posts


You can easily configure Eleventy Starter Boilerplate. Please change the following file:

  • public/assets/images/logo.png: your blog logo
  • public/apple-touch-icon.png, public/favicon.ico, public/favicon-16x16.png and public/favicon-32x32.png: your blog favicon, you can generate from https://favicon.io/favicon-converter/
  • src/_data/site.json: your blog configuration
  • src/_includes/layouts: your blog HTML layout
  • src/assets/styles/main.css: your blog CSS file using Tailwind CSS

Deploy to production

You can see the results locally in production mode with:

npm run serve

The generated HTML and CSS files are minified. It will also removed unused CSS from Tailwind CSS.

You can create an optimized production build with:

npm run build

Now, your blog is ready to be deployed. All generated files are located at _site folder, which you can deploy with any hosting service.

Deploy to Netlify

Clone this repository on own GitHub account and deploy to Netlify:

Netlify Deploy button

Remove Netlify files and Netlify CMS

If you don't use Netlify, you can easily remove all Netlify related files:

  • public/admin, the entier folder
  • src/_includes/layouts/base.ejs, the loaded script netlify-identity-widget.js and the inline script if (window.netlifyIdentity) { ...
  • netlify.toml, the entire file


Everyone is welcome to contribute to this project. Feel free to open an issue if you have question or found a bug.


Licensed under the MIT License, Copyright © 2020

See LICENSE for more information.


The GitHub repository is located Eleventy Starter Boilerplate maintained by Creative Design Guru.

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