Written by: Geoffrey Callaghan

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Vercel Tutorial

Vercel is a platform for deploying web projects, particularly optimized for frontend frameworks like Next.js, Nuxt.js, React, and Vue.js. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you get started:

  1. Sign Up for Vercel:

    • Go to the Vercel website (vercel.com) and sign up for an account.
    • You can sign up using your GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket account, or by providing an email address and password.
  2. Install Vercel CLI (Optional):

    • While you can deploy directly from your GitHub repository, installing the Vercel CLI can be useful for local development and advanced deployment configurations.
    • You can install the Vercel CLI via npm: npm install -g vercel
  3. Create a New Project:

    • Once you’re logged in, click on the “Import Project” button.
    • Choose your Git provider (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket) and select the repository you want to deploy.
    • Vercel will detect common frontend frameworks and configure the build settings automatically.
  4. Configure Project Settings:

    • Review the project settings, including the deployment environment (production or preview), and other advanced options.
    • You can customize the build command, output directory, and environment variables if necessary.
  5. Deploy Your Project:

    • Click on the “Deploy” button to start the deployment process.
    • Vercel will clone your repository, build your project according to the specified settings, and deploy it to their global CDN.
  6. Custom Domain (Optional):

    • If you have a custom domain, you can easily configure it with your Vercel project.
    • Go to the “Settings” tab in your project dashboard.
    • Under “Domains”, add your custom domain and follow the instructions to update your DNS settings.
  7. Continuous Deployment:

    • Vercel supports continuous deployment, meaning your project will automatically rebuild and redeploy whenever you push changes to your Git repository.
    • This makes it easy to iterate on your project and see changes reflected in real-time.
  8. Environment Variables and Secrets:

    • Vercel allows you to define environment variables and secrets that are accessible during the build and runtime of your project.
    • This is useful for storing sensitive information or configuration values.
  9. Monitoring and Analytics:

    • Vercel provides monitoring and analytics tools to track your project’s performance, error rates, and visitor metrics.
    • You can view detailed insights in the Vercel dashboard.

That’s it! You now have your web project deployed on Vercel. With its seamless integration with Git and powerful deployment features, Vercel makes it easy to deploy and manage modern web applications.