Static site generators

There are many static site generators to help you turn Markdown into HTML. This guide uses Eleventy. Literally!

  1. Create a fresh Architect project, go into your project directory, create a package.json file, and install npm packages.
npm init @architect --static ./my-ssg
cd my-ssg
npm init -f
npm install @architect/sandbox @11ty/eleventy @11ty/eleventy-plugin-syntaxhighlight
  1. Change your build folder configuration in the .arc file inside your project to the following, and then save the file.

folder _site
  1. Update the build script in the package.json file inside your project:
"scripts": {
"build": "eleventy",
"watch": "eleventy --serve",
"start": "npm run watch & ARC_STATIC_SPA=false sandbox"

Note: We opt out of loading index.html by setting ARC_STATIC_SPA=false in the sandbox in one of the npm start scripts.

  1. Add an .eleventy.js configuration file to enable syntax highlighting and to set the source directory to src/md.
let syntaxHighlight = require("@11ty/eleventy-plugin-syntaxhighlight");

module.exports = function(eleventyConfig) {
return {
dir: {
input: 'src/md'
  1. Add a src directory and an md directory inside it, and then add an Markdown file to your md directory.
# hi from markdown

- cool
- bullet
- list
  1. Preview by starting the dev server.
npm start
  1. Clone the example source:

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