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Building and Deploying a Next.js App on Vercel

Building and Deploying a Next.js App on Vercel

Learn how to build and deploy a Next.js App on Vercel in less than 5 MINUTES.

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Tosin Adewale
·Jun 22, 2022·

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Last week, we looked at how to build and deploy websites on some No-Code Platform such as Carrdand Webflow. Today, we will be discussing how to build and deploy a Next.js Blog on Vercel.

Compared to No-Code Tools, building with Next.js and Vercel gives you total freedom to code from scratch or modify FREE templates to your taste.

To do that we will need 2 major things, a Github account and a Vercel account.

If you do not have these two things ready, kindly create accounts before we proceed. If you have it already you can go on with the rest of the tutorial.

Why Next.js App and Why Vercel?

According to Microsoft, Next.js is a framework for creating server-rendered JavaScript apps based on React.js, Node.js, Webpack and Babel.js. It is basically a project boilerplate for React, crafted with attention to best practices, that allows you to create "universal" web apps in a simple, consistent way, with hardly any configuration.

Vercel is the best place to deploy any front-end app. Deployment is done with little to no special configuration, giving developers more time to spend on building apps.

To start with:

  1. Visit Vercel Vercel Homepage

  2. Login with the Github Option Vercel Login Page

  3. Enter your Github Login Credentials and

  4. Verify your log in by entering the verfication code sent to your phone/email inbox.

  5. You will now be redirected to the Vercel Dashboard, as shown below: Vercel Dashboard

  6. Click on the "New Project" on the top-right hand side of the dashboard, Vercel Dashboard

  7. You will be redirected to this page, where you have the option of using a template or importing a project from your Github repo. New Project

  8. For the sake of this tutorial, we are going to use a template - A Next.js app and a Serverless Function API. Create a repository by clicking on the Github button. Template Page

  9. Enter your preferred name for the project and deploy. Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 8.13.09 PM.png Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 8.16.17 PM.png ![Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 8.16.29 PM.png(cdn.hashnode.com/res/hashnode/image/upload/.. align="left")

  10. Congratulations, you just deployed a Next.js app. Screenshot 2022-06-21 at 8.18.51 PM.png

  11. To access your blog, click on the auto-generated domain created Vercel - nextjs-rho-eight-22.vercel.app, you will be redirected to a new tab showcasing your newly deployed Next.js. Vercel Deployment Page Next.js App successfully deployed on Vercel

  12. To make changes to the source code of the Next.js app, you can access the source code through the repo created on your Github profile.

The fantastic team at Vercel has made the deployment process as straightforward as possible. It takes less than 5 minutes to deploy a Next.js app on Vercel.

In summary, we have learnt how to build and deploy a Next.js app on Vercel. To do that we need a Github account and a Vercel account linked to our Github account. We then created a new project from the Vercel Dashboard, choose a Next.js template, cloned it to our Github repo and deployed the app live on an auto-generated domain by vercel at nextjs-rho-eight-22.vercel.app

Thanks for reading, I hope this article has been of great help to you. Do not hesitate to like, share and leave comments. Check my blog for more informative posts like this.

 
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