Coding and deploying simple static websites is still a hassle. Especially for people who do like to code their website in HTML/CSS but maybe don't have the skills to work with command line tools.
With Codespace we aimed to build a light-weight MacOS tool that makes it super simple to start a project and publish it on your custom domain name. The website you are looking at right now is built and deployed with Codespace.
It all started with creating rough wireframes to have a starting point for discussions and validation. I love this phase since it is quick to create and you learn a ton about if it is the right direction.
To make translating the wireframes to high fidelity designs as easy as possible I created a simple and minimal design system with colors, tuypography, elements, layouts and grid.
To give the product its own personality I created a custom icon set that was used in the interface.
To make it easier to get started I created several boilerplate project where users can choose their prefered framework and type of boilerplate project.
Once a user have created their project they can easily run the project locally with the flick of a switch. No need to install any dependencies.
Hugo and Zola are both frameworks that have simplicity built within itself. All templates and pages are easily adjustable with HTML/CSS and Markdown.
Pubslihing a website is made super easy, you just have to click a button and it's autmotacially deployed. Simple analytics will help you give insights into the traffic on your site.