One of the things I absolutely loved when I started with Meteor a few years back was the ability to deploy a live demo app with just a few keystrokes.
As I understand these demo sites were shut down and the service stopped sometime last year. I understand there was likely a cost decision behind it, but does anyone have the whole story? Is anything like this going to make a comeback?
I just had a scenario where this would have been a perfect solution for sending a quick live example to another individual so was curious as to if we’ll get to see something like that again for Meteor.
Yeah, it’s been about a year since the free hosting stopped. I don’t expect to see anything from MDG in a similar vein, but you can check out https://zeit.co/now#, which has been getting some positive feedback from users here.
Hey @orbyt - did you try meteor-now?
Oh I’ve seen this before, definitely looks like something I need to check out again. Thanks for the tip.
What’s the purpose behind using another abstraction library versus just using using https://zeit.co/now? Is any special configuration needed for a meteor project as compared to just a “regular” node app?
@purplecones @mazlix Can give you all the details.
You can read about the package motivation in this blog post.. But my understanding is that they wanted to keep it as simple as possible, deploying with one command, and I think they package a mongo db instance within the container.
I’ve used meteor-now to deploy to zeit and it works great but I didn’t attempt a manual deployment so I can’t tell if there are differences when compared to deploying a ‘regular’ node app. Hopefully the package creators can elaborate more.
@orbyt there are a few steps you need to take before you can deploy a meteor app to
now. Mainly bundling the app and configuring an appropriate Dockerfile. We handled all of this using the
meteor-now command. In addition as @alawi mentioned, if you don’t pass a MONGO_URL,
meteor-now will bundle a local MongoDB instance with your Docker container. This allows you to easily deploy free meteor apps similar to
Very cool, thanks @purplecones.