In Praise Of Heroku… Again (Hurrayku!)

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) 🙂

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About distinctinteractive

I graduated 3 years ago from the University of Huddersfield with a 2:1 BA in Interactive Multimedia. After leaving University i worked for a small company in Huddersfield (Offroad Code) mainly helping to maintain a large travel company website. I am currently freelancing as Distinct Interactive. Follow me on Twitter @jimmckerchar
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2 Responses to In Praise Of Heroku… Again (Hurrayku!)

  1. ian says:

    Thanks for this. What did you do about your mx records though? Did setting a name on 123 not mess things up? Thanks

  2. distinctinteractive says:

    sorry for the late reply. i haven’t had much time for the blog this year. No it didn’t affect it in any way. The Heroku DNS add-on is built very well.

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