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Bye bye Netlify

· 2 min read
Charles Ancheta

It was short trial, but GitHub Pages just works better for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I moved my website from GitHub Pages to Netlify, hoping for a better development and production experience. I didn't really have a need to move just yet, but I wanted to see what the buzz about Netlify was about. So I spent a few hours setting it up and pointing my domain to the Netlify app.

It was working just fine at first, until I started making updates. The page would just load indefinitely and I would have to visit first before would behave properly. I've had a few embarrassing moments showing my website to people for a couple times and it refusing to load.

Another annoying was that every pull request and push to the master branch would trigger a build, even if none of the pages were modified. Netlify only provides a limited about of build time every month, so I found myself cancelling more builds in the Netlify dashboard more often than I manually deployed a build using the command line. This could be nice if other people were contributing to this repo, but since this is a personal website, I find that unlikely.

Realizing these, I moved back to GitHub Pages and manually deploying with the CLI. Maybe in the future where I would have to actually launch a production-level static website that I would revisit Netlify, but for now, I'll stick with my current workflow.