GitHub Pages vs Zeit Now: What are the differences?
What is GitHub Pages? Public webpages freely hosted and easily published. Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.
What is Zeit Now? It makes serverless application deployment easy. A cloud platform for serverless deployment. It enables developers to host websites and web services that deploy instantly, scale automatically, and require no supervision, all with minimal configuration.
GitHub Pages and Zeit Now belong to "Static Web Hosting" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by GitHub Pages are:
- Blogging with Jekyll
- Custom URLs
- Automatic Page Generator
On the other hand, Zeit Now provides the following key features:
- Easy, production-ready deployment with one command
- Simple scaling, including auto-scaling
Lyft, CircleCI, and Bukalapak are some of the popular companies that use GitHub Pages, whereas Zeit Now is used by A+E Networks, Vigour, and Bazzite. GitHub Pages has a broader approval, being mentioned in 576 company stacks & 683 developers stacks; compared to Zeit Now, which is listed in 14 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.
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What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.
For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:
- If you want to point
wwwto GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to
- If you edit something in the
_config.ymlyou need to restart
bundle exec jekyll sor changes won't show
- I had to disable the Grunt
htmlminmodule. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf
Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/
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