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Rackspace Cloudvent Calendar Day 23: Static Sites In Cloud Files

In the spirit of the holiday season, I’m sharing some tips and features of our cloud that you may not know about. In this countdown I’ll have 24 posts for you, each covering a single topic or feature about Rackspace Cloud products. We’ll post one per day so keep checking back!

Earlier this month I spoke at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. A huge topic of conversation at the conference was around developing a minimum viable product, or MVP, that you can take to market. Based on how customers react to your MVP you can decide whether to persist or pivot your business strategy.

When building an MVP, a good way to get off the ground while saving a lot of money is to use a static site for your landing page. There are several static-site generators out there to choose from based on your language of choice. For example, if you’re a fan of Ruby you may want to go with Jekyll or Octopress. If you prefer Python you may enjoy Pelican better.

In any case, once you’ve generated your site you can upload it to a Cloud Files container specifically for static web hosting. When you create a container in the Cloud Control Panel, we ask you if you want it to be public, private, or for a static site. Just upload your content, create a CNAME record for your domain and the container, and you’re off and running! Your site will be screaming through the Akamai CDN to a global audience in no time. Cloud Files is cheap and scalable – perfect for testing a product site.

We even use a static site in Cloud Files to power our Developer Portal. Check back tomorrow for one last post!

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Hart Hoover.

Hart Hoover is a Cloud Strategist at Rackspace Hosting. Hoover started his career as a Racker in 2007 as a Linux Systems Administrator, providing technical support for dedicated servers. He moved to the cloud in 2009 to help design the Managed Cloud Servers support model. He has presented at various technical conferences, maintains and contributes to the Rackspace DevOps Blog, and advises Rackspace customers on best practices for cloud computing.


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