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Jamstacked Issue 31

Just what *is* a static website?

Published: May 27, 2021

Your update on all things Jamstack

#​31 — May 27, 2021
✦ web version

"What is a static website? It’s a surprisingly nuanced question". This quote from Mike Neumegen's article stuck with me because it is a discussion I've been having quite a lot lately. Zach's article on Eleventy Serverless is a perfect example of how that line is blurrier than you'd expect. Eleventy is what some folks call a "traditional SSG" (compared to things like Next.js, for instance) and yet it's going to support DPR and SSR, which sounds very un-traditional to me. It seems the definition of a static website is somewhat fluid.

Brian Rinaldi

↘︎ What's Good

The Case for Distributed Persistent Rendering
We’ve talked a lot about Netlify’s DPR proposal in this newsletter but, admittedly, the concept can be a bit confusing. Mike does an excellent job of breaking down why the proposal came about, what it aims to solve and why it’s important.

Mike Neumegen

Eleventy Serverless (Formerly Eleventy Cloud) Thus Far
This is a version of Eleventy that will allow for lazy rendering of pages using distributed persistent rendering and for per-user content using SSR. Zach updates the origin and current status of the project.

Zach Leatherman

Next-Generation of Deploy Previews and Netlify Acquisition of FeaturePeek
Netlify has acquired FeaturePeek which allows for things like comments, annotations and other feedback on deploy previews. Issues and communication can flow into existing tools like Clubhouse.io, GitHub, Linear and Trello.


What’s The Best Place to Host A Next.js Site?
A really detailed look at deploying a Next.js site to Vercel, Netlify, Layer0 and Heroku and rating them based upon a variety of factors.

Ondrej Polesny

✂︎ Tools and Resources

❖ Tidbits

Free Cloud Database Services
Even Jamstack sites often need a database, which is where cloud-based database services can come in handy. This post covers ten different options, including a number of free ones.

Nebojsa Radakovic

Itsiest, Bitsiest Eleventy Tutorial
Been wanting to give Eleventy a try? This tutorial covers the basics you need to get set up and build your first site.

Sia Karamalegos

Jamstack Comments Suck - But They Don't Have To
How to use the Utterances project to implement user-generated blog comments that are stored as GitHub issues in a Gatsby site.

Darren Dube

Vercel vs. Netlify: Jamstack Deployment Comparison
Exploring the differences between Vercel and Netlify for deployment and hosting of your Jamstack projects and which platform fits the specific needs of your project.

Maxime Laboissonniere

Thanks for reading. Catch you next time — Brian