xStatic is a free Umbraco package that generates static HTML sites from Umbraco content. This allows for very cheap and fast hosting of simple sites.
Hosting an Umbraco website can be a a bit expensive when you start out. As long as you have a personal computer on which you can install Umbraco you can host a small website for free using Netlify! You still have local access to the great Umbraco management interface for creating your content.
You may only need a small static site now, but what happens if you need to leverage the more powerful functionality of Umbraco in the future? Simple, just take the site you've built and move it to a full .Net host! As you've used Umbraco all along your site can grow with you. No need for a rebuild!
Are you running an extremely sensitive operation? Statically generating a site from Umbraco means that the public site doesn't need to access any code or databases.
What can be faster than simply serving a file that already exists? Static sites are perfect for CDN / Edge servers.
xStatic is perfect for showcasing your open source Umbraco plugins. Do you have a new starter kit or a fancy piece of front end wizardry? Install into Umbraco, generate your example website and host on Netlify for free.
Why not add a few images and styles to your existing base build and push the result to Netlify in minutes. You can share or demo this website and separate you from your competition.
xStatic is very easy to set up. Below is a video showing how you can configure and release your static website in less than 5 minutes!