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Static HTML stack

We'd quite like the ability to specify a HTML-only stack with PHP disabled and no database. While this might seem an odd request, we sometimes have the need for temporary holding sites, additional sub-sites, etc. It's potentially also of use with headless CMS sites. Having related sites on the same server / within the same interface is useful.

While I realise we can use the PHP install for this, I'd prefer something that has code execution properly disabled from the start.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Another vote for this. I can't imagine there are downsides. And what could be simpler to implement?

  • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This needs to happen. I have a few customers with static HTML sites and, currently, I'm having to use another shared host for them. I would much rather get them all over to CW.

  • DMeechan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Not sure why this still hasn't been added after 1.5 years. Seems relatively straightforward to implement and would be really helpful to many of us.

  • Ryan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why are you still thinking about this?! I need somewhere besides GitHub to host all the Pixelarity templates I create for clients!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for. A simple static webhosting managed by Cloudways.

  • Russell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There is a nifty little trick with static apps that can speed WordPress websites up a little. It involves
    a special type of static app that uses a symlink to point a website subfolder to this static app. When I was hosting with Webfaction, they would allow me to do this.

    The idea is that you can then make the uploads folder of WordPress (/wp-content/uploads) a symlink to a static app. The WordPress uploads folder only has static resources like images and PDF documents, making it a perfect use-case for a static app. I know I would appreciate the performance gains from the reduced overhead in serving these static resources. Also, I don't know if this applies, but if the default configuration gzips images, that would harmful for performance as well -- jpegs and pngs are already compressed, so gzipping them is only wasting computing power and time.

    If it's useful, you can find the documentation Webfaction created for speeding up requests to the uploads folder by using this technique on their platform at https://docs.webfaction.com/software/wordpress/advanced.html

    TL;DR
    A symlink that places a website's images folder in a static app would increase performance.

  • Linda commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I also think it would be phenomenal if we could host static websites :)

  • Dylan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Im all for this, no need for all the bluster when you want to achieve something simple.

  • Andrew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would agree with this. I, for instance, just need to host some static image files. I don't need a LAMP stack for that and would like just a barebones HTML server. Came here to request the same thing.

  • Cesar Sacconi Falcao commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There's many SSG (static sites generators) like Jekyll that can use Cloudways to easily host several plain HTML sites with SSL on Cloudways

  • Brendon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    With added nodejs installedwould be excellent and being able to git deploy from a subfolder

  • Mark Hesketh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Additionally this would mean a MySQL is not required, which I think is created by default for all the current stacks?

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