Changing your SSG CLI options

Last modified: March 13th, 2023

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Most static site generators offer a number of configuration options for use on the command line. Configure these and other CloudCannon-specific build options per site.

To change a command line build option:

  1. Go to the Site Settings / Build section
  2. Change details for one or more options
  3. Click Update Configuration

See in-depth details for configuring Environments and Optimizations

Build Configuration interface

Using Environment Variables#

Environments allow you to use different values in your website depending on where it is deployed. For example, you could use a different CDN for your development, staging and production sites.

To change the environment variables for your site:

  1. Go to the Site Settings / Configuration section
  2. Create/edit your environment key and value under Environment Variables
  3. Click Update Build Details

specific doc

CloudCannon defaults to production. Running Jekyll locally defaults to development.

$ JEKYLL_ENV=production bundle exec jekyll serve

Jekyll exposes the environment with jekyll.environment. You can use this to create separate configurations.

Here’s a short example using variables from _config.yml:

  asset_url: "http://localhost:1337/"
  app_url: "http://localhost:3000/"

  asset_url: ""
  app_url: ""

  asset_url: ""
  app_url: ""

<p>Environment: {{ jekyll.environment }}</p>
<p>Asset URL: {{ site[jekyll.environment].asset_url }}</p>
<p>App URL: {{ site[jekyll.environment].app_url }}</p>
<p>Development Asset URL: {{ site.development.asset_url }}</p>
<p>Production Asset URL: {{ site.production.asset_url }}</p>
<p>Staging Asset URL: {{ site.staging.asset_url }}</p>
<p>Development App URL: {{ site.development.app_url }}</p>
<p>Staging App URL: {{ site.staging.app_url }}</p>
<p>Production App URL: {{ site.production.app_url }}</p>

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CloudCannon defaults to production. Running hugo locally defaults to production. Running hugo server locally defaults to development.

To change the environment locally, set it before running Hugo:

$ HUGO_ENV=production hugo

You can set the Hugo environment using the —-environment flag in the command line. Learn more about build configuration.

Hugo exposes the environment with hugo.Environment.

Using a configuration directory allows you to create separate configurations for each environment. See the example in the Hugo documentation.

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CloudCannon has no default. You should set your environment variables everywhere you need them before building. The Eleventy documentation mentions ELEVENTY_ENV as a convention.

To change the environment locally, set it before running Eleventy:

$ ELEVENTY_ENV=production npx @11ty/eleventy

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CloudCannon does not set default environment variables for other SSGs.

To change an environment variable locally, set it before running your build command:

$ MY_ENV_VAR=hello <build command>

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