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Discussion on: What is Going on With Static Site Generators? Why the numbers are increasing?

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As a tech nerd, I love optimizing my work. As far as setting up a repo on GitHub, I'm perfectly happy - my work can be available to the public, and it doesn't cost me $100-$200/year for hosting; instead, it costs nothing. So far, so good. So, how do I present my repo to the world? Well, the 'code' page for the repo works, but it's not pretty. I can either pay for hosting anyway, or I am forced to use Jekyll.

You see, I've already designed and developed everything in the repo to make it presentable for users. So, I push it with Jekyll, and I get what I pay for. The website generation is technically free, from a purely financial standpoint, but the cost in time (about 2 weeks) is astronomical in terms of 'optimizing' the automatic process by adding multiple hurdles surmounted only by way of the CLI and which adds mountains of excess, tangled code to the whole project.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought optimizing was supposed to be more about getting rid of cruft and bloat, not adding as much as possible. Now if only there was a way to just let people open the index page instead of seeing it as a file halfway down a list of files, but without the need for juggling in the CLI or the addition of additional code, like a pre-made custom theme that I had to choose and also create more code for in order to override and replace with the CSS files already included in the repo...