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Deploying Next.js apps to Vercel

Published February 3, 2023Last updated June 14, 20241 min read

This post covers the main notes for deploying to Vercel and domain setup.

Prerequisites

  • Next.js app bootstrapped

Deployment

Add a new project, import the Git repository, choose Next.js as the framework preset, set up environment variables, and trigger the deployment.

The deployed project will be available at <PROJECT_NAME>.vercel.app or <PROJECT_NAME>-<SUFFIX>.vercel.app URL.

The deployment happens every time new changes are pushed to the production branch.

Preview will be available when changes are pushed to a branch other than the production one.

DNS setup

A purchased domain is needed. You can buy it at Namecheap website.

Add a domain at the Project settings Domains page.

Go to Account Dashboard Manage Advanced DNS page for the purchased domain on the Namecheap website. Create two records

  • A record with @ host to point to Vercel server IP address with the specified value (76.76.21.21)
  • CNAME record with www host and specified value (cname.vercel-dns.com)

It might take some time for the changes to apply.

Boilerplate

Here is the link to the boilerplate I use for the development.