I’m about to start work on a new project for a new client (more details soon) and predictably the first thing he asked me to do was to set up a domain name and some hosting for him. Now setting up domains and hosting isn’t necessarily what I’d call fun so I bought the domain name from 123-Reg (as I’ve used them for every other domain I’ve bought) and prepared myself for a bumpy ride.
Now seeing as i have some free hosting with Heroku and seeing as the client is on a budget i decided to look into pointing his domain to an app sitting on Heroku. This should suit his needs for the time being.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that setting his domain up to point to an app is Ronseal. I read the docs, installed Heroku’s Zerigo DNS add-on, changed the nameservers at 123-reg and ran the “heroku domain:add http://www.domain.com” and “heroku domains:add domain.com”. Within 10 minutes the “domain.com” and “www.domain.com” had both propagated and were working and showing the default rails index page.
I spent the rest of the afternoon creating and setting up a holding page as well as setting up the site with Google Webmaster Tools…
- Total time spent on website this afternoon: 2.5 hours.
- Total of that time spent creating the site, deploying and setting up domains: less than half an hour!
Hooray for Heroku (or should that Hurrayku) 🙂