Desolation version 7 – A Static Site?

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I’m looking at switching our Community site to static generated site via JavaScript tools.

The advantages of making it a static site:

  • Fast, even on dodgy local development.
  • Less overheads of scripts/plugins
  • More freedom of creativity and ideas.
  • Less updating of plugins.
  • Less dealing with security issues.

The disadvantages of turning it into a static site:

  • Not dynamic at all.
  • No special pages such as Contact forms, Forums or Comments.
  • No Conditional options.
  • Layouts, such as subpages/templates won’t work/looks bad.
  • You have to run the software on each build
  • If said software stops/crashes, you have to manually start it and find out what caused it.
  • Static Site Generator frameworks are a pain in the arse all over.

So I’ve found an App called Publii which can do everything the NodeJS frameworks can but runs as a Windows App. Fairly easy to use and run and can process and build the HTML with its own internal links and run its preview off localhost.

For long term (or content drought sites..) a Static Site would be more beneficial to have rather than a WordPress type site, I’ll be looking to move more sites across soon just to make my life easier. Probably not the Desolation site first, as it has far too many dynamic features to recreate and get working.