Cloudflare Pages offers JAMstack today: Platform for web devs goes GA

Cloudflare’s Pages, which has been in beta since December last year, is now generally available. The platform is designed to make it easier for web developers to collaborate on the building and deploying of websites, and features Git integration as well as being optimised for Cloudflare’s global content delivery network.

It is described as a fast and secure way to build and host sites using the JAMstack web development architecture, which stands for JavaScript, reusable APIs, and prebuilt Markup.

The org claimed Pages simplifies the process for developers working in an organisation that has adopted DevOps methods and continuous integration tooling by tying deployment to the existing development workflow.

According to Cloudflare, the process is no more difficult than a developer connecting their repository and defining which framework they are using. This is thanks to full Git integration, with automated builds a part of the process.

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“Once you’re set up, the only magic words you’ll need are ‘git commit’ and ‘git push’. We’ll take care of building and deploying your sites for you, so you won’t ever have to leave your current workflow,” Cloudflare said in its blog announcing the release.

One of the ways Pages is claimed to simplify collaboration is through protected previews.  This feature generates a unique preview URL for each commit, making it easy for a reviewer to check out the changes by actually trying them out and providing feedback before the changes go live.

However, the collaboration goes a step further with live previews, which allows developers to dive into a live collaboration session on a project. This relies on the developers making available their localhost to other team members through a secure Cloudflare Tunnel.

Another key feature is support for redirects. This reflects the fact that as changes are made to product names or site layouts, URLs are likely to change as well, which can lead to dead links unless great care is taken. Pages allows developers to simply add a “_redirects” file to the build output directory for a project to easily redirect incoming users to the right URL.

Cloudflare is also offering free web analytics with Pages, allowing developer teams to track their site’s progress and performance, including metrics about traffic and web core vitals.

While Cloudflare Pages is available now, the company is already looking to extend the platform’s capabilities, and said it intends to add GitLab and Bitbucket support to the initial GitHub integration, among other features.

Organisations can sign up for Pages with a Cloudflare account or peruse the documentation the org has made available.

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