Web development — maybe it’s time to back to the roots?
Oldie but goldie
What I really missed from that period is simplicity — I’ve got one file (sic!), which represent entire service. I’ve got copies of everything in my CD-ROM’s, don’t need to worry about performance, SEO and all that stuff from long checklist that you review every time you publish a website. It was a pure joy of having this what we today call tech blog.
Make it simpler
In most areas tools that we use today are far more user friendly that few years ago. Just look at text editors, we’ve replace Microsoft Word by iA Writer, we’ve got minimalistic To-Do list apps instead of Excel, and use emojis exactly in the same way like hieroglyphs in ancient Egypt 4000 years ago. What is really interesting it really looks that this revolution missed web development tools…
Luckily there is light at the end of tunnel and it is called Publii.
Publii is an open source static CMS. Ok but what means static here? In short words this super nice tool generates static HTML pages like in old good times and publish them live with just one-click.
Some basics will never change — you still need a web server but that’s all. Publii is packed with bunch of nice templates and user-friendly interface which allows you to focus on publishing. So just open editor and write, then click Sync your website and preview your live article.
This is also great example that simplicity don’t have to mean lack of functionality. You can adjust layout, keep SEO on the highest possible level, add share buttons and all that stuff that modern websites needs.
If you’ve ever struggled to optimize your webiste and fight for green badges from Google now you can forget about it. This is static HTML — super safe and super fast. What is more you can generate Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and CSS and JS files are compressed out of the box.
Less is more
Publii is still in beta version but you can try it here https://getpublii.com/. Works with Windows and macOS as well. As I’ve mentioned it is Open Source software so free of charge and really allows you to get back to web development basics. It is still your website, still have your very own element and you don’t need to spend hours to make every single small change. You just double click on the Publii icon and it’s ready — ready for your ideas and content that you want to share with other people.