Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
Aerobatic is a static website hosting service. For web designers, it provides an easy alternative to complex SSL provisioning, CDN configuration, and web server setup. The service recently changed from a Bitbucket plugin to a stand-alone tool. This makes it easier to try because you can use your existing code repository anywhere.
“If you’ve considered Aerobatic before, but stopped because it was only available on Bitbucket, now is a great time to try it out.” –Jason Gowans, Aerobatic Co-founder
Github and Gitlab do offer integrated static hosting services. Although, they do not support custom domain names. Or, any of the more advanced features of the Aerobatic platform. Plugins allow you to enhance the core static hosting features. More capabilities such as authentication, custom errors, redirects, and CORS proxies are available.
The Aerobatic hosting platform removes barriers to getting a site online. David Von Lehman founded Aerobatic to help simplify a developer’s daily experience. Enterprise developers in the past have had to wait for IT to provision a server. Independent or small business web developers have had to learn how to manage web servers. Neither task is a core competency of a web developer. Aerobatic simplifies complex deployment tasks and brings them within reach of web designers.
To have your website live and served from our global Content Delivery Network (CDN) in seconds:
$ npm install aerobatic-cli -g
If you don’t already have Node.js installed, you can get it download it from here.
Register at https://dashboard.aerobatic.com/register
$ mkdir aerobatic-test-website
$ cd aerobatic-test-website
$ echo '<html>First Aerobatic Website</html>' > index.html
$ aero create
$ aero deploy
In less than 30 seconds your website will be deployed to an https URL on our global CDN.
If you want to try out a slightly more realistic example, try creating a website from a template such as this one from HTML5 Up. This command will automatically create a new directory with the downloaded files.
$ aero create --source https://html5up.net/editorial/download
Aerobatic has more tutorial blog posts available at http://aerobatic.com/blog