Unveiling the Marvels of 11ty's WebC

Posted by Ryan Gittings

Are you ready to dive deep into the world of web development and discover a game-changing tool that will revolutionise how you build websites? Well, grab a cup of coffee and get comfy because we're about to embark on an exciting journey with 11ty's WebC that will blow your mind and supercharge your skills! In this comprehensive guide, we'll take a closer look at the top 5 features of WebC and explore how they can empower you to create awesome websites easily.

1. Simplified Templating

Let's kick things off with a bang by exploring how WebC simplifies templating and makes web building a breeze. Traditional web development often involves wrangling with complex templating engines to manage dynamic content generation. But fear not because WebC is here to save the day! With WebC, you can say goodbye to the days of tangled code and hello to simplicity. Imagine building your website using small, reusable building blocks called web components. These components encapsulate everything – HTML, CSS, and JavaScript – making your code clean, organised, and easy to manage. It's like building a website with virtual LEGO bricks – simple, intuitive, and oh-so-satisfying!

<script webc:type="js" webc:root="override">
if (!href) {
`<button class="button" @attributes><slot></slot></button>`
} else {
`<a href="${href}" class="button" @attributes><slot></slot></a>`

.button {
display: inline-block;
padding: 0.5em 1em;
background-color: #fff;
border: 1px solid rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.1);
cursor: pointer;
text-decoration: none;

.button:disabled {
cursor: not-allowed;

.button[style="utility"] {
font-size: var(--text-300);

2. Supercharged Performance

Next up, let's talk about performance – because, let's face it, nobody likes waiting for a website to load. With WebC, you can deliver lightning-fast websites that will leave your users in awe. How? By harnessing the power of server-side rendering (SSR), WebC pre-renders your web components on the server, shaving precious milliseconds off your website's load time. That means happier users, better engagement, and maybe even a few extra high-fives from your clients! With WebC, you can ensure that your website loads faster than a speeding bullet, providing users with a seamless browsing experience that keeps them returning for more.

The Office GIF with Michael Scott pointing

3. Optimised Code Splitting and Bundling

Let's discuss optimising your website's performance with code splitting and bundling. In today's fast-paced digital world, every millisecond counts regarding loading times. With WebC, you can leverage advanced code splitting and bundling techniques to streamline your website's performance and deliver lightning-fast user experiences. By splitting your code into smaller, more manageable chunks and bundling them together strategically, WebC ensures that only the necessary code is loaded when needed, reducing unnecessary bloat and optimising your website's load times. With WebC, you can take a website to the next level and leave your competitors in the dust.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/bundle/A-DwHbju9Q.css">

4. Cross-Browser Compatibility

Now, let's address the perennial challenge of cross-browser compatibility. Have you ever spent countless hours ensuring your website looks flawless across every browser imaginable? I certainly have. But fear not; with WebC, achieving cross-browser compatibility is a breeze. Through graceful functionality degradation and strict adherence to web standards, WebC optimises compatibility, ensuring flawless performance across various browsers.

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5. Seamless Integration with Eleventy's Ecosystem

Last but not least, let's talk about integration. WebC plays nicely with [Eleventy] 's ecosystem (https://gittings.studio/tech/11ty/), making it a perfect match for your web-building adventures. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started, WebC seamlessly integrates with Eleventy, giving you the flexibility and power to build excellent websites your way. From integrating with data sources to optimising your build process, WebC has everything you need to take your websites to the next level. With WebC, you can leverage the full power of Eleventy's ecosystem, combining the simplicity of static site generation with the dynamic capabilities of web components. So why wait? Dive in, explore, and unleash the full potential of WebC – your websites will thank you for it!

eleventyConfig.addPlugin(pluginWebc, {
components: [

And there you have it, folks – the magic of WebC in all its glory. Whether you're a seasoned freelance web designer or just starting out, WebC is your secret weapon for building awesome websites that stand out. So why wait? Dive in, explore, and unleash the full potential of WebC – your websites will thank you for it! You can read more about WebC on their documentation site.

PS: So sorry for all The Office memes; my wife and I have been watching it, and we're a bit obsessed. That's what she said.

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