Feature requests - what do you already love, what could be better?

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What could be EVEN BETTER about Netlify products that you use? Have an idea for a killer integration? Share it here! We’re excited to hear all your rad creative ideas and consider things we maybe hadn’t thought were important.

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I would love to be able to upload .SHTML files, or PHP files with simple includes, and have them rendered as HTML. When editing files, I like having the repetitive code (base meta tags, header, nav, footer, etc.) “out of the way” so I don’t have to deal with them. SHTML and PHP make this trivial. It can be done to some extent with jQuery .load(), but page elements tend to jump around on page load. Note that Netlify Snippets don’t really work for this purpose (as handy as snippets are) because any code that exists in a snippet cannot be previewed locally. In other words, I want to be able to build a static site with includes, and have Netlify assemble everything for the visitor. That would be lovely.

Some native way to export my Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate & private key would be wonderful, especially as its a wildcard cert. Integrating custom domains with other services often requires this information. In my case, I ran into it attempting to apply a custom domain to my Okta instance.

Without a way to export this information, it means we have to either handle these certificates outside of Netlify, and now we have sprawl in our certificate management, or we have to handle all of our certs outside of Netlify to avoid that sprawl, and now we aren’t getting that benefit out of Netlify.

Of course, using the Let’s Encrypt certs for other services would require us to set up some sort of auto-renewal for the certs ourselves, but if we have to manage our certs outside of Netlify we have to do this anyway. (And, maybe, down the road, Netlify could provide either a. some methodology of allowing integration with the certs they provide even through rotation or b. ssh access to our Netlify instance so we can set up such an integration ourselves).


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Since the certificate is issued just to us based on DNS settings, and we don’t have any intention of supplying you with the necessary secret that our system generated to use the certificate, we don’t have any plans to allow export. You can of course fetch your own certificate from lets encrypt by DNS challenge, even at the same time ours is valid :slight_smile:

Please add DNSSEC support.

For those who don’t know what DNSSEC is, please read this ICANN article “DNSSEC – What Is It and Why Is It Important?

It’s high time already. So many registrars, DNS management services support DNSSEC. And what’s more, NS1 the DNS provider backing Netlify DNS supports DNSSEC.


I’d love to be able to grab visits via API. Results something along the line of (Shamelessly pinched from BunnyCDN’s log API)

         "cache": "MISS",
         "status": "301",
         "timestamp": "1559138909895",
         "bytes": "521",
         "zone_id": "70112",
         "ip": "x.y.z.0",
         "referrer": "-",
         "url": "https://hosted.fm/",
         "edge": "MI",
         "user_agent": "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)",
         "guid": "c81b842ab48d99fbc0e5139d3c2e5b96",
         "country": "US",

Of course with the infrastructure and API in place it would also be possible to have frontend displays of this data too


If only Netlify could also deploy managed Hasura (https://hasura.io/) so that we can deploy apps with database with a great degree of flexibility!

Hook into dynamodb and send email via ses without needing to use your own aws account, just like Netlify

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The ability to host a database alongside functions.

Potentially Postgres, or a NoSQL db(?)

I feel this would give users a completed stack across the platform.


DNSSEC is definitely in our backlog. We’ll get there!