Adding Pages to Eleventy


Lets add static pages to our Eleventy blog

23 Apr, 2020 · 3 min read

Someone made an excellent comment recently that an about page would benefit my blog quite a bit.

So why not simultaneously explore how to add static pages to our dynamic-created blog?

We will create a static about page, which will sit on the URL /about.

Adding the About page

Create an about.njk file in the root at the same level as the index.njk and insert the following code:

layout: layouts/about.njk
permalink: /about/

<img src="/img/about.jpg" height="300" />

<h1>Hello world, I'm Chris! 🤟</h1>

  I'm Chris Bongers a web developer, solution architect, blogger, and lover of a
  beautiful wife and dog.
  I come from a mixed background being a full stack WordPress developer, a PHP
  Symfony developer and just your good old full-stack dev.
  On the web, I love beautiful things. They must look amazing, be blazing fast,
  and be innovative.
  I currently live in Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦, but my roots are in The The
  Netherlands 🇳🇱.
<br />
  Feel free to follow me on
  <a href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a>,
  <a href="" target="_blank"
  <a href="" target="_blank"

Here, we set the layout to a new one and added a permalink to /about/. This will create an about folder with an index.html.

Then we add an image and some text.

Images in Eleventy

The image we just added won’t work by default. We have to tell Eleventy to put it in our output folder.

We can add a .eleventy file in our root, and let’s add the following code.

module.exports = function (eleventyConfig) {
  // Copy `img/` to `_site/img`

Here we can change the default Eleventy settings; in this case, we say it must just be the addPassthroughCopy function to add the img folder to our output.

That being said, create the img folder in the root of our website and add your profile image in it as we set it in the about.njk page!

The About template

layout: layouts/base.njk
templateClass: tmpl-about

{{ content | safe }}

This layout is the same as our homepage, we could have re-used that one, but I like to keep things separate in case we want to add anything fancy later on.

Testing and Deploying Netlify

As we saw in building a static blog with 11ty we can run the following command to test it locally:

npx eleventy --serve

Open up http://localhost:8080 to see what we got!

To deploy to Netlify, we can use our learnings from Hosting on Netlify and push them to our git main branch.

You can find this code in the following GitHub repo, or view it online on this link.

Or check out my newly created about page.

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