Publishing a static blog with Zeit Now

I decided to use my Tinderbox-generated static blog as a real world test of

It was pretty simple. I started out with a folder full of HTML files generated by Tinderbox. Then…

  1. Install Zeit Desktop
  2. Run now from within the html folder
  3. Done. The site is now available via an auto-generated URL like

I’d of course rather use a nicer, more permanent URL so I did this…

  1. Create a CNAME DNS record for pointing at
  2. Run now alias
  3. Add the verification TXT DNS record

This made available at Each time I deploy, the instance is available at a new, auto-generated URL. The nice thing about that is each deployment creates a new, permanent version of the site. It also means that the alias must be updated each time. To do that, I created a now.json file that looks like this…

  "name": "notes",
  "alias": ""

So to deploy any new changes, I export the Tinderbox document and type…

now && now alias

I’ve made this into a Tinderbox “Stamp” so that all I have to do is select “Publish” from the Stamps menu and it runs the commands for me.

This means the site is available, with automatically-configured SSL, at Pretty cool.