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How to trigger a Netlify-Vercel-Cloudflare Pages redeploy using a link

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This is one of the β€œhacks” I use to make my life easier.

Sometimes I write posts with a date in the future, to schedule them. On a platform like WordPress or others it’s a built-in feature.

But on a static site, we need to get creative.

Those posts are not published unless the build happens after their publishing date, set in the post frontmatter.

Every platform allows you to create deploy hooks. When this URL is reached, the site gets redeployed.

But they are all listening for POST requests.

So I made a hidden page on my site with a weird URL.

When this page is loaded in the browser, a script does a POST request to my deploy hook, something like this:

const deploy_hook_url =
      'https://YOUR_DEPLOY_HOOK'

fetch(deploy_hook_url, {
  method: 'post',
  headers: {
    'Content-type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded; charset=UTF-8',
  },
})
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