Deploy Frontity using now (Vercel)

In their own words : Vercel is a cloud platform for static sites and Serverless Functions that fits perfectly with your workflow. It enables developers to host Jamstack sites and web services that deploy instantly, scale automatically, and requires no supervision, all with no configuration.

We strongly recommend this service as it is serverless, cheap, includes CDN, and really easy to set up. It also supports the cache technique stale-while-revalidate (they name it Serverless Pre-Rendering), a powerful way to improve your site speed.

To be able to deploy with now you need to have a Vercel account. You can signup here.

Once you have an account you have to login to Vercel from the terminal

> npx now login

These are the instructions to deploy a Frontity project on Vercel using now, once you are ready to deploy your project:

Create a now.json​

  1. Create this now.json file and save it in the r oot your Frontity project

{
"version": 2,
"builds": [
{
"src": "package.json",
"use": "@frontity/now"
}
]
}

Deploy

Deploy Frontity using the now command (from the root of your project):

> npx now

You should get something like this

? Set up and deploy β€œ~/PROJECTS/2020/FRONTITY/DEMOS/my-frontity-project”? [Y/n] y
? Which scope do you want to deploy to? myVercelScope
? Link to existing project? [y/N] n
? What’s your project’s name? my-frontity-project
? In which directory is your code located? my-frontity-project/
πŸ”— Linked to vercel-username/my-frontity-project (created .now and added it to .gitignore)
πŸ” Inspect: https://vercel.co/vercel-username/my-frontity-project/9ue4zsq9n [26s]
βœ… Production: https://my-frontity-project.now.sh [copied to clipboard] [1m]
πŸ“ Deployed to production. Run `now --prod` to overwrite later (https://vercel.ink/2F).
πŸ’‘ To change the domain or build command, go to https://vercel.com/vercel-username/my-frontity-project/settings

More about Vercel scopes ​

Vercel (through its now command) will assign you a domain (something like your-project-name.now.sh) that that will allow you to check your site online

From this deploy example we have got the following URL's:

Deploy your site under a custom domain

To deploy your site under a custom domain you have to

  • Configure your Frontity app to point to that custom domain

  • Configure your custom domain for your project in the Vercel settings

  • Add Vercel nameservers for your custom domain from your domain provider

...before deploying it

Add your custom domain in your project settings

From the project settings URL provided in our previous deploy (https://vercel.com/vercel-username/my-frontity-project/settings in our example) we can set a custom domain

Add it, and you will be provided by a set a nameservers you can use in your domain provider to point your custom domain to the Vercel nameservers

vercel nameservers

Add Vercel nameservers in your domain provider

You need to set Vercel nameservers as custom DNS of your custom domain from your domain provider site

If you don't know how to do this, contact your domain provider (GoDaddy, CloudFlare, etc)

Deploy

Then, deploy Frontity using this command (from the root of your project):

> npx now --prod

You should get something like this

β¬’ my-frontity-project npx now --prod
​
πŸ” Inspect: https://vercel.com/vercel-username/my-frontity-project/9ue4zsq9n [2s]
βœ… Production: https://mycustomtomain.com [copied to clipboard] [4s]
​
This will create a deploy and assign it to your real site url.
​
> More about Vercel [deployments](https://vercel.com/docs/v2/platform/deployments)

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