Under the Hood of Kinsta’s Free Static Site Hosting

And, as with Kinsta’s Application Hosting and Managed WordPress Hosting platforms, there are free SSL certificates, support for custom domain names, and an optional API for site management.

Kinsta builds and pushes static site content to the 260+ data centers in the Cloudflare global network — the same platform that backs the Kinsta CDN and edge caching for WordPress sites.

“Instead of hand-crafting static files entirely, there are a number of static site generators,” he says. “These are kits that help make the creation and update process of a static site easier by turning the files you provide into a working website.”

“The final step is the upload, where we push your files to a Cloudflare R2 bucket.”

MyKinsta Static Site Hosting site details
Details of the new static site deployment.

Maximizing Speed With Incremental Deployments

When the “World Wide Web” was first revealed to the public in 1991, all websites were collections of static HTML documents — each file containing the markup required to render a complete page in a web browser. Almost immediately, the web’s pioneering developers got to work on ways to generate websites dynamically, assembled by code running on web servers and extracting content from database systems.

After authorizing MyKinsta’s access to your Git provider, you can begin to add your first static site by selecting its repository and branch:

MyKinsta Static Site Hosting add
Adding a static site in MyKinsta.

Here’s what you get for free on Kinsta’s Static Site Hosting platform:

  • 100 static sites per company
  • 1 concurrent build per site
  • 1 GB build image size per site
  • 600 build minutes per month per company
  • 100 GB bandwidth per month per company

“The advantage of having static content is that it’s fast and efficient,” says Michael Fuller, a JavaScript developer at Kinsta and a member of the team that helped launch Kinsta’s Static Site Hosting platform. “Rather than a server having to construct the page by talking to the database, it just sends users your pre-made files.”

The first step in deploying a static site at Kinsta is connecting your preferred Git host to your account in MyKinsta.

Once a deployment is triggered, it is added to the site’s build queue.