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WebWebWebs

The lightest alternative to ExpressJS with HTTPS. The Comfiest Way to make web APIs and static file servers with automated SSL Certificates!

WebWebWebs lets you create a web server with APIs SUPER EASILY in just a few lines of code while also automatically getting free SSL certificates via Let's Encrypt and renewing them.

Just set your domain and e-mail address, and a SSL certificate will be retrieved and automatically renewed 30 days before expiration with ZERO DOWNTIME without a restart of your server or connections.

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Requirements & Notes

PORT 80

Port 80 must be open and available so that ACME challenges can be successfully completed.

Domain Name

The specified domain must point to the server running with WebWebWebs. Ensure you have created an A Record on your DNS to your server.

No Response Error from Xfinity/Comcast

If you are running your server from Xfinity as your ISP and the ACME challenges are failing, you may need to turn off Advanced Security network settings on your account. Read here for instructions on how to turn this setting off.

Instructions

  1. Install webwebwebs
npm install webwebwebs --save
  1. Start the server on a port (e.g. 443 for HTTPS). Any HTML pages (e.g. index.html) can be placed in the root directory / and static files (e.g. images, scripts, and other HTML pages) can go into /web or /public and it will be served automagically
var ComfyWeb = require( "webwebwebs" );
ComfyWeb.Run( 443, {
    domain: "webwebwebs.instafluff.tv",
    email: "waa@instafluff.tv"
} );
  1. (Optional) Add APIs
var ComfyWeb = require( "webwebwebs" );
ComfyWeb.APIs[ "/" ] = ( qs, body, opts ) => {
  return { "test": "example!" };
};
ComfyWeb.Run( 443, {
    domain: "webwebweb.instafluff.tv",
    email: "waa@instafluff.tv"
} );

Options

The Run() function in WebWebWebs accepts several optional parameters:

  • useCORS (default: true)
  • test (default: false)

Testing Certificates (Staging)

To use the Staging environment to test certificates with Let's Encrypt, enable the test parameter.

var ComfyWeb = require( "webwebwebs" );
ComfyWeb.Run( 443, {
    test: true,
    domain: "webwebweb.instafluff.tv",
    email: "waa@instafluff.tv"
} );

Handling POST/PUT/DELETE requests

All request methods are sent to the API handler. You can check the opts.req.method value to response accordingly and parse the body object for data.

var ComfyWeb = require( "webwebwebs" );
ComfyWeb.APIs[ "/account" ] = ( qs, body, opts ) => {
    switch( opts.req.method ) {
        case "GET":
            return { "account": "test" };
        case "POST":
            return JSON.parse( body );
        case "PUT":
            return { "status": "updated" };
        case "DELETE":
            return {};
    }
};
ComfyWeb.Run( 443, {
    domain: "webwebweb.instafluff.tv",
    email: "waa@instafluff.tv"
} );

Reading Request Headers

The request object is passed in to the API handler. You can check for header values in opts.req.headers.

var ComfyWeb = require( "webwebwebs" );
ComfyWeb.APIs[ "/" ] = ( qs, body, opts ) => {
    return opts.req.headers;
};
ComfyWeb.Run( 443, {
    domain: "webwebweb.instafluff.tv",
    email: "waa@instafluff.tv"
} );

Enabling CORS

Actually, CORS is enabled by default. To disable CORS, set the useCORS parameter:

var ComfyWeb = require( "webwebwebs" );
ComfyWeb.Run( 443, {
    useCORS: false,
    domain: "webwebweb.instafluff.tv",
    email: "waa@instafluff.tv"
} );

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