It seems to me that it would be valuable to add a “stop” feature to Netlify which would not force people to push an empty or heavily modified git commit to the repo.
Maybe, there could be a button to stop the service for a given app, hopefully allowing us to pass the URL of another Git repo, which we could configure with a website with some type of “under maintenance” message.
Hi Fabio, member of the Netlify product team here! Thanks for providing feedback.
Would you mind sharing a little bit more about what you’re aiming to achieve? It sounds like you want to intermittently replace your full public web app with a downtime/maintenance page, is that right?
If you’re fine with swapping out the production repo with a “down for maintenance repo”, something that might help is to unlink the repository from the site, then link it to the “maintenance” repo. That will rebuild the site using the new repo. You can switch it back to the original repo at any time. The only caveat here is that unlinking a repo does clear out deploy keys, build hooks, and environment variables—just something to be aware of in case you need to maintain those!