baty.net is back to being built and deployed using Netlify. I moved everything to Amazon S3 a couple of months ago as a way to figure out how to do that. I still think S3 is a great way to host static sites that don’t change often, but I haven’t liked it quite as much for hosting a site that is updated frequently, like my blog.
Using S3 required a combination of sync scripts, invalidations, keys, cloudfront distribution configuration, etc. Overall it felt like more trouble than it was worth.
So, back to Netlify. It goes something like this:
- Create a “site” in Netlify
- Point it at a Github repo
- Update DNS
Now I have continuous deployment, automatic SSL, a global CDN, and a bunch of other stuff I don’t even use yet. For free.