What is Netlify
All-in-one platform for automating modern web projects
Netlify is a platform that provides $0/month hosting + additional tools to automate web deployment. Take a look at their pricing and you'll see that their Starter tier provides useful tools at no cost to me.
Great for hosting personal projects, hobby sites, or experiments
- Custom domains & HTTPS
- Instant Git integration
- Continuous deployment
- Deploy previews
- Access to add-ons
Before Netlify, I used GitHub Pages (also free hosting), but it was bare bones and lacked tools to scale my site. Before GitHub pages, I used DigitalOcean as a Virtual Private Server to host and deploy my site for $5/month.
Netlify provides me not only free hosting, but useful tools and content to help me grow my site. Git integration and continuous deployment were my primary motivations and will keep me here for the time being.