Webon: A Lightweight Tool for Static Site Development and Deployment

Webon is a valuable assistant for static website developers, simplifying the development process, accelerating deployment speed, and offering flexible configuration options.

In the modern web development landscape, static websites have gained popularity for their lightweight, fast, and easy-to-maintain characteristics. Whether it's personal blogs, corporate websites, or online resumes, static sites can provide a stable and efficient browsing experience. Against this backdrop, Webon was created as a Node.js-based command-line tool specifically designed for the development and deployment of static websites.

Why Choose Webon?

When developing static pages locally, we often encounter issues such as errors in referencing font files and SVG files. To address these issues, we need a local server. Existing server software is either too bulky, like Nginx, or not efficient enough, like Python's SimpleHTTPServer. Webon offers a lightweight static file server based on the Koa framework, which can be started with a simple command.

Deployment to OSS/CDN

For users in China, GitHub's access speed might not be optimal. To improve access speed, Webon supports deploying static resources to Object Storage Services (OSS) and Content Delivery Networks (CDN), such as Alibaba Cloud and Qiniu Cloud. This not only speeds up access but also utilizes the free quotas of these platforms.

How to Use Webon?

  1. Installation: Install Webon globally via npm, and check the documentation with webon -h.
  2. Initialization: Run the initialization command in the project's root directory to configure necessary project parameters and generate a webon.config.json configuration file.
  3. Run Development Server: Start the local development server with the webon serve command, specifying the port with the -p parameter.
  4. Deploy the Site: After development is complete, use the webon deploy command to deploy the site to OSS/CDN with one click.

Best Practices

  • Place webon.config.json in the project root and configure corresponding scripts in package.json.
  • Use the -r parameter to specify the directory of the static files after build, such as webon deploy -r dist/.
  • Replace sensitive information (like access keys) in the configuration file with environment variables to ensure security.

Potential Issues

  • Token Expiry: Ensure that the local system time is accurate, or manually update the time synchronization.

Scaffolding

To help users quickly start a new project, Webon provides a simple scaffolding tool that can quickly generate project structure and necessary files.

Conclusion

Webon is a valuable assistant for static website developers, simplifying the development process, accelerating deployment speed, and offering flexible configuration options. Experience Webon today and make static website development and deployment more effortless and enjoyable!

Project Address: https://github.com/bimohxh/webon