Earlier this year in a post, What should you choose for deploying your static websites?, I wrote about what CI/CD1 you should chose for your static websites. And I concluded on using just using git-hooks. Well, by the title of this post you’ve probably guessed that I’m indeed changing my mind.

After using this workflow for a while for a few projects I’ve realized a few things.

  1. I miss having proper version control for the testing, building and deploying steps.
  2. It requires more effort to setup.
  3. I need to manually configure notifications for when something goes wrong.

There are probably more things, but these are the ones that have bothered me the most. For step #2 I made a shell-script, git-hooks, so that I don’t have to remember every intricate detail each the time.

So why SourceHut? Last time I wrote about this topic I found out their tool is the easiest to configure and use in my opinion. They have support for hosting of static sites, and you also have access to a bunch of packages for the different images they provide. Ben Busby’s blogpost, GitHub vs GitLab vs SourceHut, also helped me switch to SourceHut. A key difference between my git-hooks workflow vs SourceHut builds is speed, my git-hooks workflow took a few seconds, but with SourceHut it takes up to 1 minute. But I’m in no rush.

As of writing I’ve moved my personal website over to SourceHut’s build-system, and I’ve moved the website for the place I live (my post about it) to it as well. This project didn’t even use git-hooks, it used GitHub Actions. My plan is to move Everyday Privacy over, which is using Vercel today. I also want to start adding more tests and checks to my other small projects, so that I can get notified if something doesn’t pass after I’ve pushed to remote.

I’m looking forward to using SourceHut more, I like how simple it is. It takes away a lot of unnecessary bits that other source-forges has.


Short for: Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment