There's never been a better time to build websites

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  • Lunar

    Intelligent adaptive brightness for your external monitors

    If opening the 80/443 port is such a nuissance in your setup, I would not bother with hosting from home and I'd just drop the website folder in Netlify Drop (https://app.netlify.com/drop)

    That's what I did for the first few iterations of https://lunar.fyi and it really helped with giving people the right information fast while I could keep spending time on the real work (developing the Lunar app)

    But if hosting from home is what matters the most, there is an easier way nowadays using Caddy (https://caddyserver.com) and ngrok (https://ngrok.com).

    For example, I just hosted this website (https://af62-2a02-2f0e-d00f-e100-f513-b43-fbc1-cf5d.ngrok.io) using the following commands:

        caddy file-server -listen 0.0.0.0:6001

  • Caddy

    Fast, multi-platform web server with automatic HTTPS

    If opening the 80/443 port is such a nuissance in your setup, I would not bother with hosting from home and I'd just drop the website folder in Netlify Drop (https://app.netlify.com/drop)

    That's what I did for the first few iterations of https://lunar.fyi and it really helped with giving people the right information fast while I could keep spending time on the real work (developing the Lunar app)

    But if hosting from home is what matters the most, there is an easier way nowadays using Caddy (https://caddyserver.com) and ngrok (https://ngrok.com).

    For example, I just hosted this website (https://af62-2a02-2f0e-d00f-e100-f513-b43-fbc1-cf5d.ngrok.io) using the following commands:

        caddy file-server -listen 0.0.0.0:6001

  • Scout APM

    Less time debugging, more time building. Scout APM allows you to find and fix performance issues with no hassle. Now with error monitoring and external services monitoring, Scout is a developer's best friend when it comes to application development.

  • neocities

    Neocities.org - the web site. The entire thing. Yep, we're completely open source.

    I used https://neocities.org/ recently to make a simple static html website with no issues and no configuration. And I'm someone who ususlly uses the more "advanced" stuff. It's nice having the freedom to chase a little nostalgia sometimes.

  • awesome-tunneling

    List of ngrok alternatives and other ngrok-like tunneling software and services. Focus on self-hosting.

    Spot on. Some of us are working on it. IMO the best solution currently (ie until ipv6 takes over and assuming we get rid of NATs when that happens) is tunneling. I maintain a list of options here:

    https://github.com/anderspitman/awesome-tunneling

    If you wanted to self-host a website from your home computer today I would recommend buying a domain from Cloudflare, and using Cloudflare Tunnel.

    6 months from now I hope to be suggesting some variation of my open source alternative, https://boringproxy.io. It's not quite ready yet.

  • Grav

    Modern, Crazy Fast, Ridiculously Easy and Amazingly Powerful Flat-File CMS powered by PHP, Markdown, Twig, and Symfony

  • Elm

    Compiler for Elm, a functional language for reliable webapps.

    For my money, the most exciting thing to happen to front-end development in a long time is the rise of Elm ( https://elm-lang.org/ ) I'm surprised nobody's mentioned it yet.

  • crisp-react

    React boilerplate written in TypeScript with a variety of Jamstack and full stack deployments. Comes with SSR and without need to learn a framework. Helps to split a monolithic React app into multiple SPAs and avoid vendor lock-in.

    https://github.com/winwiz1/crisp-react/blob/master/docs/benc...

    Tailwind is powerful, consistent and comprehensive but again the advantages come not without a drawback: In order to use it effectively one needs to learn/memorise yet another CSS. I have better things to do and think it's more efficient to use a set of CSS management approaches:

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