Introducing Ness

Introducing Ness — the easiest way to deploy web sites and apps into your AWS account. I built Ness to simplify the process of shipping web products in a repeatable way with all of the best practices around security and performance baked into a single command.

npx ness deploy

As a software engineer and maker, I rely on AWS every day to help bring my ideas to life. A year ago, I discovered the AWS CDK and it dramatically improved my ability to stand up infrastructure quickly. I noticed, however, that I was often creating the same handful of resources (or “components” in CDK terms) each time I wanted to deploy a web product: an S3 bucket, a CloudFront distribution, a Route53 hosted zone and aliases, etc. The CDK makes it easy to componentize these resources, but standing up a CDK app for a simple static landing page felt tedious.

Doesn’t Amplify do this?

Amplify also has a product surface area that stretches into the AWS console, which can mean that you need to open a browser to complete some web deployment and configuration tasks. This isn’t inherently good or bad; it just represents a different philosophy and highlights Amplify’s much larger (and more complicated) footprint.

Lastly, I’m working now to add support for additional cloud providers, so Ness won’t always be bound to AWS in the way that Amplify is.

Netlify and Vercel definitely do this…

It’s worth noting that today Netlify and Vercel have several important features that Ness is lacking — namely preview environments and (lambda) functions. The plan is to add these features (and more) to bring Ness into parity with these commercial products and represent a free, open-source alternative for those that don’t mind — or even prefer — to own their own infrastructure.

Next Steps

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