Vincent Durmont

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February 28, 2023

Switch to 11ty

After years without publishing anything here, my recent adventures at Lightspark made me want to write some things again.

Every time I want to write, the procrastinating part of my brain takes over and I need to cleanup whatever blog software I'm using. Initially, I managed to resist it, but my previous engine, Jekyll was completely outdated. Nothing could be built anymore, upgrading was a super big pain because none of the plugins I used we working and I don't like know Ruby.

So instead of doing something simple and just write some content, I started the far more attractive complex task of rebuilding this website. After some research, I found this new fancy 11ty ("eleventy") framework that is supposed to be a replacement for Jekyll in javascript. I like Javascript, so I went for it.

And... it was really easy. I only spent a couple of hours on it when I was fully prepared to stay up all night battling the Javascript gods.

10/10. Strongly recommend.

The only tricky part was to get it to publish properly to Github Pages. I had to change the output directory in the .eleventy.js config file to:

module.exports = function (eleventyConfig) {
// Other stuff

return {
dir: {
output: "docs",

Then in my Github Pages config, I went to:{organization}/{repository}/settings/pages

and changed the directory to /docs. Github is pretty limited and only accepts / or /docs as a directory to serve pages content 🤷‍♂️

Hopefully, I'll be able to write something soon. But not today. Today, I rebuilt my website.