Vercel is a cloud platform for static sites and Serverless Functions. It enables developers to host Node.js based projects simply and with minimal configuration required.
We highly recommend Vercel for hosting your Frontity site as it is serverless, cheap, includes a CDN, and is very easy to set up.
It also supports the cache technique stale-while-revalidate (they call it Serverless Pre-Rendering). This is a powerful way to improve your site speed.
Create an account
In order to be able to deploy your site to Vercel you need to have an account. You can signup here to create your Vercel account.
Once you have an account you login to Vercel from the terminal.
> npx vercel login
After following their security process you will be logged in in your browser. Keep this browser tab open for the time being as we'll be referring to it later.
Deploy your site
Before you can deploy your site to Vercel you will need to create a file called vercel.json in the root of your Frontity project. The file should contain the following code:
Once the file is created you can deploy your project from the command line using this command:
> npx vercel
You'll be asked a short series of questions about your project:
Deploying to Vercel
Then, after a brief build process your deployed site will be ready. The address that you can use in your browser's address bar to reach the site will be displayed in the output from the command, and also in the Vercel console in your browser (which you kept open, didn't you?!).
For more information on deploying to Vercel, including how to use your own domain, see our "Deploy to Vercel" documentation.