18 Aug 2020
Long before becoming a programmer, I had a personal web site. I was definitely already a nerd. Let’s say it was at
http://www.BestKatie.com. I didn’t make it with a site builder like Squarespace or Wix.
How it worked then
Instead, a family member owned a computer connected to the internet 24/7. This computer continuously ran software that transformed it into a “web server.”
My relative put a folder called “
katie” onto the computer and configured the computer to associate files in folder with the domain
He told me to create more folders inside
katie and and to upload
.html-typed files into them so as to make them visible over the internet.
.html became a “web page” with its own URL. For example:
How it works today
Static web hosting is surprisingly familiar to that basement-closet web server.
The file-uploading protocol has changed a bit – now it’s Git-based.
What’s really changed is the elimination of the need to hand-write each
.html file like I used to do with
Never again, please!
Static sites are typically recognized to be a lot faster and more secure than dynamic sites, so I still want all those advantages.
- Jason Lengstorf and Bryan Robinson give a great “TL;DR” about static sites “from 13:33 to 17:39 of the Create a Plugin for 11ty” episode of Learn With Jason.
- If you prefer to read it, expand “Read the transcript” on the episode page and from “let’s talk a little bit about what static site generators are in the abstract” through “This is where you and I diverge.”