Awesome Open Source
Awesome Open Source


A starter repository showing how to build a blog with the Eleventy static site generator implementing a wide range of performance best practices.

Screenshot showing that the site achieves 100 points on Lighthouse by default

Based on the awesome eleventy-base-blog.


Getting Started

1. Generate a new repository from this repository template

Click the Use this template button.

2. Clone your new repository

git clone

3. Navigate to the directory

cd my-blog-name

4. Install dependencies

npm install

5. Build, serve, watch and test

npm run watch

6. Build and test

npm run build


  • Search for "Update me" across files in your editor to find all the site specific things you should update.
  • Update the favicons in 'img/favicon/'.
  • If you don't want the (same-origin) Google Analytics integration, rip it out 😛.
  • Otherwise: Knock yourself out. This is a template repository.
  • For a simple color override, adjust these CSS variables at the top of css/main.css.
:root {
  --primary: #E7BF60;
  --primary-dark: #f9c412;


Performance outcomes

Performance optimizations


  • Immutable URLs.
  • Downloads remote images and stores/serves them locally.
  • Generates multiple sizes of each image and uses them in srcset.
  • Generates a blurry placeholder for each image (without adding an HTML element or using JS).
  • Lazy loads images (using native loading=lazy).
  • Async decodes images (using decoding=async).
  • Avoids CLS impact of images by inferring and providing width and height (Supported in Chrome, Firefox and Safari 14+).


  • Defaults to the compact "classless" Bahunya CSS framework.
  • Inlines CSS.
  • Dead-code-eliminates / tree-shakes / purges (pick your favorite word) unused CSS on a per-page basis with PurgeCSS.
  • Minified CSS with csso.


  • Immutable URLs for JS.
  • Sets immutable caching headers for images, fonts, and JS (CSS is inlined). Currently implements for Netflify _headers file.
  • Minifies HTML and optimizes it for compression. Uses html-minifier with aggressive options.
  • Uses rollup to bundle JS and minifies it with terser.
  • Prefetches same-origin navigations when a navigation is likely.
  • If an AMP files is present, optimizes it.


  • Serves fonts from same origin.
  • Preloads fonts.
  • Makes fonts display:swap.


  • Supports locally serving Google Analytics's JS and proxying it's hit requests to a Netlify proxy (other proxies could be easily added).
  • Support for noscript hit requests.
  • Avoids blocking onload on analytics requests.

DX features

  • Uses 🚨 as favicon during local development.
  • Supports a range of default tests.
  • Runs build and tests on git push.
  • Sourcemap generated for JS.

SEO & Social

  • Share button prefering navigator.share() and falling back to Twitter. Using OS-like share-icon.
  • Support for OGP metadata.
  • Support for Twitter metadata.
  • Support for JSON-LD.
  • Sitemap.xml generation.

Largely useless glitter

  • Read time estimate.
  • Animated scroll progress bar…
  • …with an optimized implementation that should never cause a layout.


Generates a strong CSP for the base template.

  • Default-src is self.
  • Disallows plugins.
  • Generates hash based CSP for the JS used on the site.

Build performance

  • Downloaded remote images, and generated sizes are cached in the local filesystem…
  • …and SHOULD be committed to git.
  • helps with this.

Opportunities (not-yet-implemented)

  • Transcode images to webp.
  • Transcode images to avif.


This is not an officially supported Google product, but rather Malte's private best-effort open-source project.

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