If you're building a static site, there are a lot of options out there. Zola (code) a great way to get started quickly and build a site that looks great and is easy to manage.
Zola is built in Rust, so it's about as fast as anything you'll find in other languages which means speedy site building for you.
Along with rock solid reliability and performance, Zola comes with a bunch of themes to make your next site look awesome:
Getting started with Zola
It's easy, after you've installed Zola, you can follow the getting started guide and start with a simple command:
$ zola init your-blog-name
zola asks a bunch of questions about your blog that are easy to answer, and you get a directory layout that looks like this with content in it:
your-blog-name ├── config.toml ├── content/ │ └── blog/ │ ├── _index.md │ ├── first.md │ └── second.md ├── sass/ ├── static/ ├── templates/ │ ├── base.html │ ├── blog-page.html │ ├── blog.html │ └── index.html └── themes/
Once you're ready, you can serve your site locally very easily:
$ zola serve Building site... -> Creating 0 pages (0 orphan), 0 sections, and processing 0 images
Zola's default port is
1111, so you can head to
http://localhost:1111 to so your website.
Deploying a site built with Zola
Once you've got a site built out with Zola you can run
zola build to export it to a form that you can easily host.
Here's a simple
Dockerfile you could use to build a
caddy-powered image and serve your site.
# alpine:3.16.3 as of 2022/12/01 FROM alpine:sha256:3d426b0bfc361d6e8303f51459f17782b219dece42a1c7fe463b6014b189c86d AS builder # Yup, alpine support Zola # https://pkgs.alpinelinux.org/package/edge/community/x86_64/zola apk add zola # Copy in your code COPY . /site WORKDIR /site # Run the site afresh inside the container RUN zola build # caddy:2.6.2-alpine as of 2022/12/01 FROM caddy:alpine@sha256:7992b931b7da3cf0840dd69ea74b2c67d423faf03408da8abdc31b7590a239a7 COPY --from=builder /site/public /usr/share/caddy
Of course these days it's a good idea to use the power of CDNs and other solutions as well, Zola's got your covered in their deployment documentation.