This is an example of how to set up a static site with Eleventy on Kinsta’s Application Hosting services from a GitHub repository.

Eleventy is a JavaScript-based static site generator that makes it easy for developers to create fast, modern, customizable websites. More information is available on the Eleventy website.

Kinsta automatically installs dependencies defined in your package.json file during the deployment process.

  1. Log in to GitHub and create a new repository from this template (Use this template > Create a new repository): Kinsta — Hello World — Eleventy.
  2. In MyKinsta, add an application with the Hello World Eleventy repository. The Start command can be left blank for the web process as Kinsta automatically detects the required command during the first deployment.

The app is available as soon as the build finishes, and the Kinsta Welcome page loads at your application’s URL.

Kinsta Welcome page after successful installation of Eleventy.
Kinsta Welcome page after successful installation of Eleventy.

Web Server Setup


Kinsta automatically sets the PORT environment variable. You should not define it yourself, and you should not hard-code it into the application.

Start Command

When deploying an application, Kinsta automatically creates a web process with npm start as the Start command. Make sure to use this command to run your server.

Deployment Lifecycle

Whenever a deployment is initiated (through creating an application or re-deploying due to an incoming commit), the npm build command is run, followed by the npm start command.