Can you create a website with no SSG (e.g. Gatsby, Next, Hugo, etc.) You would use just JAMstack and Netlify. Is one of the above SSGs required or is there such a thing as a “vanilla” SSG? Thanks.
A build step isn’t required. If your project is just static files it’s totally ok.
Sorry, I shouldn’t have used the term “build” in my question. A better wording is: Can you create a website with no SSG (e.g. Gatsby, Next, Hugo, etc.) You would use just JAMstack and Netlify. Is one of the above SSGs required or is there such a thing as a “vanilla” SSG? Thanks.
Also, the site will not be 100% static. Thanks.
I think you can just ‘drag-and-drop’ your deployment into the dashboard and netlify will just go ahead and serve your site from that folder.
Thanks for your response.
Hi, @Engine44, yes. It is possible to make a JAMStack site with no SSG.
@Engine44 I don’t use an SSG, so I know it’s possible. I use gulp to build and develop. It works great.
I use BBEdit with a little help from CodeKit and VHX Pro. I’ve built dozens of sites with these tools, and some of them are on Netlify.
IMHO, if you don’t need any of the special features you can find in an SSG, a text editor is far superior.
Every time I try to install something using brew or CPAN or npm or whatever, either the install goes awry, the software doesn’t work after installation, it’s impossible to find all the parts to uninstall what you don’t need, or you hose your system in some way.
But once you do get everything installed and working, you are then dependent on that software to create your site(s). So, if Apple sandboxes code and your aftermarket install doesn’t cope well with that, you’re SOL until someone else fixes your main website tool. The more moving pieces there are, the greater the possibility that something can go wrong.
My text editor has crashed on me maybe a dozen times over the past three decades, so I know I can count on it.
Is this enough information to hijack this thread?
You can create HTML files with a text editor and drop them into Netlify which deploys the website, so yes you can.