Layouts & Design

We've included a few helpful templates to get you started, which you can find nested in the src/_includes/layouts folder. By default eleventy uses a templating language called Nunjucks, with files ending in .njk.

You can use front matter to pass data about the content of your pages and posts into the template, which builds it into the page.

  • Your default template is base.njk–the other templates extend this
  • The home.njk template includes an intro section then lists the posts
  • Your About page uses page.njk–you can add more pages and use this or another template
  • Each individual post uses post.njk
  • The Posts page uses posts.njk to list all posts

Check out the code in home.njk–it lists posts using the Eleventy collections object, pulling in data about each one, including some from the front matter (the properties):

{%- for post in collections.posts -%}
<li{% if page.url == post.url %} aria-current="page"{% endif %}>
{{ | htmlDateString }} — 
<a href='{{ post.url }}'>{{ }}</a></li>
{%- endfor -%}

This loops through all of your posts and displays a link to each. As you add more posts you might want to optimize this to only include a limited number!

To add new pages, you can use the existing templates or create your own new ones. Reference the template you want at the top of a page in its front matter:

layout: layouts/page.njk