Friday, May 5, 2017

Static Content Generators

Why have a dynamic site if all you are displaying is static content. Static Content Generators allow you to easily edit your site in a similar way to a dynamic site but without all the over head when you host it. The advantage is you get low server requirements to host your site and it is very fast compared to a dynamic site. You can save money on hosting fees and your users will have a better experience.

As an added benefit your site is more secure because there is less software required to run your site which means less surface error for attack. This is true for the code required by your website and the third party software you need to run your web site such as ASP.NET, etc.

Keep in mind there are definitely times when a dynamic site is necessary, but if you page is the same for every user on your site you may want to consider static content generators. Here are some useful links.

Site Generators

Jekyll - one of the most popular static site generators.
Hugo - easy way to do blogs, but also docs, portfolios, etc.
JAMStack - JavaScript - APIs - Markup. Javascript based solution. Worth looking at.

Visual Editors

NetlifyCMS - plugs into any static site generator, provides graphical UI to edit content for your site generator.
SiteLeaf - content managements in the cloud. Looks like WordPress. Uses GitHub

Free Hosting

GitHub Pages
Setting up a custom domain for GitHub Pages
Video showing how to host a site on GitHub Pages and add a custom domain to it

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