Everybody would have their own pet projects (Personal Projects that you work for fun, for knowledge, for practice,...), wouldn't they?
And it is super awesome if you can:
Deploy it 🚀
Share with the whole world 😆
Add it to your own portfolio 🥳
You don't need to be shy or feel like it doesn't worth show-off, but it is. Not to mention that you would learn all of these cool stuff:
Deployment processes (from manual to CI/CD)
Server stuff (Linux, setup env,...)
It is definitely the sky's the limit. There is soooo much growth potential.
I will share with you some of the services I usually use for my projects.
Some of the "DEFAULT" services/tools
GitHub: to store the source code (publicly or privately)
Actions: to run CI/CD processes (Free 3000m/month for the private repos because I'm using GitHub Pro)
CodeSpaces: cloud coding (Free 180hrs/month because I'm using GitHub Pro)
CodeCov: to analyze the code coverage of my projects (free with limitations, but all cool)
In order to deploy your cool stuff to the web, you need a
server . I prefer using a VPS - Virtual Private Server. PROs:
I have my own resources to run my web apps, shared-nothing arch.
Working with a terminal like a hacker.
I can deploy multiple websites in 1 server if I wanted to.
Cheap services that I usually use:
Vultr: cheap VPS (starting from $2.5) and you can pay hourly too. It is giving you $50 for free (1st month). The $10 one is my favourite. My main service at the moment.
DigitalOcean: cheap VPS service too. I've used it 3-4 times.
AWS Lightsail: cheap VPS service powered by Amazon. Used once but really enjoy it.
Additionally: a normal AWS account would give you a free VPS (EC2) and a free RDS instance for a year too, you only have to pay for the traffic (the more traffic, the higher invoice per month).
Yeah, a domain needs to come after the server (even first). There are some cheap domain services:
.comdomain (and other cheap TLDs) (you probably need to search for the voucher on the internet)
PorkBun: cheap domain too for a lot of TLDs, eg I got the
sethphat.devfor $11.99, quite ok.
For the domain, once bought, you can use it for a whole year.
After having a domain, you need to set up the DNS (basically pointing it to your server). You can use:
Your domain's provider DNS service: the quickest option.
Cloudflare: a powerful DNS service that backs you up with a lot of cool things:
Hide your servers
Analytics (the traffic)
Cache / CDN for your static files
Of course, this is mandatory. Nobody wants to access an HTTP website, insecure.
One and only free option: LetsEncrypt.
You can install it to your server and add a cron job to renew the cert by using
Well, that's it. Happy sharing your awesome projects with the whole big world.