Written by: Geoffrey Callaghan

Netlify tutorial

Netlify Tutorial

Netlify is a powerful platform for deploying and managing static websites, serverless functions, and more. Here’s a basic tutorial to help you get started:

  1. Sign Up for Netlify:

    • Go to the Netlify website (netlify.com) and sign up for an account.
    • You can sign up using your GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket account, or by providing an email address and password.
  2. Create a New Site:

    • After signing in, click on the “New site from Git” button on the Netlify dashboard.
    • Select your Git provider (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket) and authorize Netlify to access your repositories.
    • Choose the repository you want to deploy. Netlify will detect common static site generators (like Gatsby, Hugo, Jekyll) and configure the build settings automatically.
  3. Configure Build Settings:

    • Netlify will provide default build settings based on your repository’s contents.
    • You can customize build commands, environment variables, and other settings as needed.
    • Make sure to specify the publish directory where your built files are located (e.g., “public” for Gatsby, “dist” for Vue.js).
  4. Deploy Your Site:

    • Once your build settings are configured, click on the “Deploy site” button.
    • Netlify will kick off a build process, compiling your site’s source files and deploying the resulting static assets to their global CDN.
  5. Custom Domain (Optional):

    • If you have a custom domain, you can easily configure it with your Netlify site.
    • Go to the “Domain settings” section in your site’s dashboard.
    • Add your custom domain and follow the instructions to update your DNS settings.
  6. Continuous Deployment:

    • Netlify supports continuous deployment, meaning your site will automatically rebuild and redeploy whenever you push changes to your Git repository.
    • This makes it easy to update your site with new content or features.
  7. Forms and Functions:

    • Netlify provides built-in support for forms and serverless functions.
    • You can create forms directly in your HTML and Netlify will handle form submissions.
    • Serverless functions allow you to run backend code without managing servers, perfect for adding dynamic functionality to your static site.
  8. Analytics and Monitoring:

    • Netlify offers analytics and monitoring tools to track your site’s performance and visitor metrics.
    • You can view detailed insights in the Netlify dashboard.

That’s it! You now have a static website deployed on Netlify. Netlify’s intuitive interface, powerful features, and robust infrastructure make it an excellent choice for hosting modern web projects.