Static Site - Open-Source Eleventy Boilerplate Code

Hello Coder,

Thank you for landing on this page. This article presents a shortlist with open-source boilerplate code, prototyped on top of Eleventy SSG. All projects presented here, are generated by the AppSeed platform using a semi-automated process:

  • Phase #1 - the flat HTML design is processed using an HTML parser. During this phase all assets and components are extracted and prepared to become production-ready: extract the master layout, remove hard coded strings with real variables
  • Phase #2 - Inject the UI components into a real boilerplate and add the necessary glue to have a functional project.

Using this simple workflow we are able to generate apps in different architectures and patters using only flat HTML design as input.

Curious how AppSeed works? More information in this articles: App Generator - The Modern Way, How I’ve built 100+ open-source apps with automation tools - a popular article published on Dev.to platform

Now back to our static sites, let's say few words about Eleventy SSG.


What is Eleventy

For newcomers, 11ty (or Eleventy) is a simple static site generator written in JavaScript that transforms a directory of templates of varying types (Liquid, Mustache, PUG, Markdown) into HTML ready to be deployed in production. We choose to generate projects on top of Eleventy, mostly for his flexibility:

  • Eleventy can be easily integrated into existing projects, based on his flexible configuration.
  • Most static site generators use a single type for the source files: Markdown is probably the most popular, Liquid, Handlebars .. etc. Well, Eleventy supports many formats and the developer can choose the type is most comfortable with.
  • Being a part of the NPM ecosystem, any compatible Node.js module can be used along with Eleventy.

In case you didn't use it before, might be a good idea to play a little with this SSG.


In a rush? All static site boilerplates are published on Github on a dedicated repository. In case you like one, just grab the code and build an amazing project.

Eleventy Ethereal

Static Site prototyped on top of Eleventy SSG with Ethereal Design, crafted by Html5 Up. Features: Webpack, Babel, Sass/SCSS, PostCSS, Light-server

Eleventy SSG Project - With Ethereal design.

In case you want to build the project, without leaving this page, just type a few commands in a terminal window:

$ # clone sources
$ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/eleventy-html5up-ethereal.git
$ cd eleventy-html5up-ethereal

$ # install modules & start the app
$ yarn # install modules
$ yarn dev # start in development mode

$ # app is running on http://localhost:4000

If all goes well, you might visualize the app in your preferred browser. App Links:


Eleventy Paradigm

Paradigm is just another nice design crafted by Html5Up agency. By using this static site boilerplate you can build simple sites and landing pages with ease.

Eleventy Static Site, with Paradigm design.

To use this open-source static site, please access the Eleventy Paradigm - product page, or the source code, published on Github.  


Eleventy Highlights

This design is a super simple layout suitable for minimalist landing pages and websites. Links: product page, sources, demo

Eleventy Static Site with Highlights design.

In case you want to build this design as a static site, please type in a terminal window:

$ # clone sources
$ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/eleventy-html5up-highlights.git
$ cd eleventy-html5up-highlights

$ # install depencies 
$ yarn # install modules
$ yarn dev # start in development mode

$ # app is running on http://localhost:4000

If all goes well, the Highlights Static Site is runing in your browser. Yupii!


Eleventy Dopetrope

This playful design is provided by the same Html5Up agency and the static site can be generated with ease just by typing a few lines of code:

$ # clone the sources
$ git clone https://github.com/app-generator/eleventy-html5up-dopetrope.git
$ cd eleventy-html5up-dopetrope

$ # start the app in development mode
$ yarn # install modules 
$ yarn dev # start in development mode

After all modules are downloaded and compiled on your workstation, the apps should be visible in the browser:

Eleventy Static Site with Dopetrope design.


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