# 🚢 Deployment

For general deployment advice, see the Deployment page in Resources. This page specifically documents options available to Launch Pad projects.

# General

# Domains

The ubclaunchpad.com domain is managed through the GSuite Admin Console (along with Drive and email) by the co-presidents. We can set up records (though typically you'll just want CNAME) for a ubclaunchpad.com subdomain (such as docs.ubclaunchpad.com) for you if needed - just reach out in #ask-leads for help!

Note that if you wish to deploy using Netlify and you want a ubclaunchpad.com subdomain, you must use the UBC Launch Pad OSS account - see our Netlify guide for more details.

# Frontends

# Netlify

Netlify (opens new window) is a service for continuously building and deploying web applications from a GitHub repository. It also includes nice features such as branch previews.

There are two options for deploying your project using Netlify:

We recommend using Netlify's file-based configuration (opens new window) to make your site configuration visible and easier to redeploy in the future if we move accounts - take a look at netlify.toml examples in Launch Pad (opens new window) for reference.

# Backends

# Inertia

Inertia (opens new window) is a UBC Launch Pad project designed to continuously build and deploy Docker-based projects from a GitHub repository to a cloud VPS instance. More details are available in Resources, the Inertia Usage Guide (opens new window), or in the #ask-inertia (opens new window) channel on Slack.

ubclaunchpad/rocket2 (opens new window) currently uses Inertia for deployment to an AWS EC2 instance.

# Heroku

Heroku is also a good option that UBC Launch Pad has used in the past. It is a cheap alternative to deploy simple applications. Heroku has a free option that is useful for demos or for applications that do not require to stay up all the time.

ubclaunchpad/sync (opens new window) uses Heroku to deploy its backend.


As a student, you have access to GitHub's student developer pack (opens new window), which includes a free Heroku hobby dyno (opens new window). The hobby dyno is a great deployment option for small scale applications, and unlike the free dyno, the application does not go to sleep.