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Zach Leatherman

Eleventy: Build vs. Serverless vs. Edge

April 21, 2022 Watch in 21 minutes Tagged: Eleventy Speaking

This was a talk given at the Eleventy Meetup ( While it was originally titled a “State of 11ty” talk, it somehow got laser-focused on differentiating between the Eleventy rendering modes: Build, Serverless, and Edge.

Watch on YouTube. Video courtesy of the Eleventy Meetup YouTube channel.


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Zach’s ugly mug (his face)

Zach is a builder for the web at IndieWeb Avatar for He created IndieWeb Avatar for https://www.11ty.devEleventy (11ty), an award-winning open source site generator. At one point he became entirely too fixated on web fonts. He has given 69 talks in nine different countries at events like Jamstack Conf, Beyond Tellerrand, Smashing Conference, CSSConf, and The White House. Formerly part of Netlify, Filament Group, NEJS CONF, and NebraskaJS. Read more about Zach »

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  1. Christian Miles


    what are these? slides for ants? 🐜🐜🐜

  2. Zach Leatherman


    hahaha, well okay, bug report 😅

  3. Jonny B Boosted


    Seems to suggest Edge is similar to Serverless but less expensive (more free quota)… I'm waiting for the audio/video portion too as I'm guessing there is more discussion about it there :) Thanks Zach!

  4. kitajchuk



  5. Zach Leatherman


    Yeah! That was a Q&A question that came up too—personally I like to use Serverless for ODB (and repeat cached requests don’t go towards the quota). On the other hand, Edge invocations are never cached so your usage will likely be higher there!

  6. kitajchuk


    This looks like a great feature. I have a site built on an old custom static framework I’d like to migrate. @eleven_ty seems like a perfect fit so I’ve been reading up. The site already uses ejs templates and @Netlify functions so the transition seems logical 🤘

  7. Eleventy 🎈 2.0.0-canary.8


    Awesome! For `ejs` specifically as disclosure you will likely want to read this section of the docs:…

  8. Šime (she-meh) 🦊


    tHEre’s SOmeThiNg WRONG. ThE iMagEs arE CUt Off (theRe sHould bE a URL bELow thE winDOW in THE slIdE), AnD IT geTS wORSE WheN I zOom the PAge.

  9. Zach Leatherman


    Maybe a bug with aspect-ratio and obtrusive scrollbars? Mac OS + Firefox right? Seems to be working over here on FF 99 and FF Nightly—even across the different scrollbar OS preferences

  10. Šime (she-meh) 🦊


    I’m seeing the issue in all browsers. Switching to overlay scrollbars didn’t help.

  11. Zach Leatherman—bring back @mmatuzo


    Learn more in this talk:…

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