Really need to use Route 53 DNS so make this a bit different.
Really need to use Route 53 DNS so make this a bit different.
WordPress is overkill for 90% of small business websites, especially if they are only every going to ask the web developer to make changes. Static websites used to be just that, static, but now it is possible to create static websites that are simple (relatively) to update dynamically. Hugo is a Golang project that has been built to take static websites to the next level.
It uses a ‘wiki’ style simple markup rather than html, and folder based system to enable content management and has the concept of posts, so can be used as a blog too.
There is a growing collection of themes, so you don’t have to build from scratch if you don’t want to, see http://themes.gohugo.io/
Hugo has a half decent quick start tutorial here https://gohugo.io/overview/quickstart/
Editing your site is done locally on your PC using your favourite editor or IDE – I tend now to use Atom https://atom.io/
and then it is case of pushing it out to where ever you want to host it. You can host it anywhere really from a shared host, you own sever or wealth of other services – two obvious ones are Amazon Web services S3 and Google Cloud Storage.
Google Cloud Storage explains how to set up a Static Site here https://cloud.google.com/storage/docs/hosting-static-website
The process is essentially, download Google Cloud SDK (gsutil) if you haven’t got it on your PC https://cloud.google.com/sdk/docs/
CNAME you domain to
c.storage.googleapis.com. at your DNS registrar
Now CNAME only works on sub domains, so you are ok for www.mydomain.com but not mydomain.com. One solution is to set a 301 redirect at your registrar to from the naked a domain to www and cname the www. However if you don’t have that facility CloudFlare allows you to CNAME the naked domain. ( They call it CNAME flattening ), and can also use Cloudflare to redirect the www. to the naked domain, so you have a perfect solution.
So for the moment whilst this work well for a subdomain I can’t see it being viable for a full website.
Create a bucket named the same as your domain (that has been verified with Google), build and copy your site and set access to public, specify the index & 404 file
hugo --theme=hugo_theme_that_you_use_change_this # hugo command to build
cd public # move into the directory build by hugo
gsutil mb gs://mydomain.net # create a bucket for your domain
gsutil cp -r . gs://mydomain.net # copy recursively all content
gsutil acl ch -r -u AllUsers:R gs://mydomain.net # recursively give public read access
gsutil web set -m index.html -e 404.html gs://mydomain.net # set the web root & error pages
And you are done.
I guess wrap that up in a little ‘release’ script to make it easy.
Next I’ll look at hosting Hugo sites on Amazon.
Please feel free to comment.
If you are using PayPal in the UK for business to business transactions then you really should take a look at GoCardless. With no monthly fees or minimums, and transaction fees of just 1% capped at £2 that is some 2% plus saving over PayPal, especially for larger payments.
GoCardless works brilliantly for business to business payments and would also work for B2C transcations too. It works on UK bank accounts using direct debits.
Normally Direct Debits are out of reach of small businesses, due to the the high difficultly and cost to set up. But with GoCardless it allows small business to take direct debits through them.
One reason it works better than PayPal for small business transactions is that many small businesses don’t have or want a PayPal account.
With easy online management and ability to take recurring payments it is a winner.
Gocardless may be offering a sign up deal so just follow this link https://gocardless.com/ to see what is on offer, but right now as far as I know there are no discount code that is public.
If your looking for a GoCardless promotion code or discount code – they used to offer a sign up credit against fees, however their fees are so low at 1% and the basic pricing is free with no commitment it is worth checkingsigning up right now – Sign Up Page
GoCardless Standard is perfect for small business with no monthly fees, only 1% transaction fees ( compare that to credit cards or PayPal at closer to 3% ) and what is really great is a maximum of £2 per transaction. E.g. lets say you are a professional ( consultant / accountant etc ) and bill the client £1,000, if you took Credit Card payment via stripe is would cost you £29.20p but with GoCardless if would be just £2. Who needs a coupon code or promo code for GoCardless when their fees are so low. Of course its no just for one off payments, recurring payments are simple too.
If your transaction volumes are higher, they have an enterprise fee level, which does have a monthly fee, suitable for higher volume enterprises ( the breakeven is straight forward to calculate ) or enterprises that need a fully white labelled experience.
Pricing for enterprise is here Pricing Page
GoCardless also make it simple with their partner integrations. Accounting integrations to KashFlow, Xero, FreeAgent, KashFlow, QuickFile and Sage50 means you can collect directly from invoices. Personally I use KashFlow and I love the way that you can just automate repeating invoices and collect by DD at low fees. There are many more integrations, including WooCommerce – see Go Cardless Partners Page
GoCardless Promo Code? Use this link to see is there is an active Go Cardless Promo Code
I hope that by referring you to GoCardless your business will benefit, of course details may change so always refer tho the GoCardless website for any definitive information on pricing or services.
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