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Netlify

Netlify lets you host a public version of your project for free, or you can create and host a password-protected version with Netlify's $15/month plan.

Deploy to netlify#

  1. Run your project in development mode
  2. Visit the settings page
  3. Open the deployment panel, and select 'netlify', then follow the provided instructions

Optional: Set a site-wide password for your project (Requires Paid Plan)#

Follow the directions provided by Netlify to set up a password for your site: https://docs.netlify.com/visitor-access/password-protection/

Optional: Schedule updates using Build Hooks#

If you want your site to update on a regular schedule, you can use GitHub Actions (or another similar service) to schedule regular calls to a Netlify build hook.

  1. Create a Netlify build hook in Site settings > Build & deploy > Continuous deployment > Build hooks netlify-add-build-hook This will give you a URL that GitHub will use to trigger builds

  2. Add NETLIFY_BUILD_HOOK to your Github Repo's Secrets

  • In your GitHub repo, go to Settings > Secrets > Actions and click New repository secret

    netlify-github-new-secretnetlify-github-secret
  1. Add a schedule file to your project
  • Create a new directory in your project called .github
  • Within that directory, create another called workflows
  • Add a new file in .github/workflows called main.yml
  1. Add the following text to the main.yml file you just created. Be sure that the spacing and indentation is exactly as presented here, as it will impact whether the action runs correctly
name: Schedule Netlify Build
on:
workflow_dispatch:
schedule:
- cron: '0 10 * * *' # Once a day around 6am ET (10am UTC)
jobs:
build:
name: Request Netlify Webhook
runs-on: ubuntu-latest
steps:
- name: POST to Build Hook
env:
BUILD_HOOK: ${{ secrets.NETLIFY_BUILD_HOOK }}
run: curl -X POST -d {} $BUILD_HOOK
  1. See your GitHub Actions run in the Actions tab of your GitHub repo