Full Stack Considerations
Since your Fullstack application isn’t just the frontend there are few things to consider when deploying. Whether you’re using an application server or going serverless, the needs on your application are the same. You’ll need some kind of API to connect to a backend and database to store your data.
I typically advocate for devs to try managed backends first. Databases like Firebase’s firestore, or AWS Amplify (DynamoDB) can help you move quickly and have to manage less infrastructure. With that in mind below is my top choice for an inexpensive and fast deployment stack.
Here is my top pick for hosting & deployments for your full-stack application.
Render Hosting & Firebase Backend
What's it for: Serverless hosting & managed backend
It’s no secret that I love Render’s hosting and platform. It takes all the great features from bigger competitors like AWS or Google Cloud and simplifies them down so you don’t need an MBA and 7 days to figure them out. Using Firebase’s Firestore and Cloud Functions as the backend provides you a huge amount of flexibility and takes the complexity of managing a database and API off of you.
Using Firebase does lock you in, but if you have a well-designed app, changing over to MongoDB with a streaming library like RXJS, won’t be too terribly painful.
Why I love it
- 100% frontend hosting
- Huge free tier for database and API (Firestore & Cloud Functions)
- Backend is managed for you
- Get started very quickly
There are all kinds of amazing options there for deploying your full-stack application. When I look for a platform to host and deploy, I focus on ease and simplicity. That’s why I haven’t included some tools like Amplify or GCP in my comparison. They are incredible tools, but they have a steep learning curve and require you to take substantial amounts of time learning them.
I want my deployments and hosting to be quick and easy. After all the work you’ve put into building and testing your app, the last thing you should be doing is learning how to create and manage a VM before you deploy. There is a time and place for VMs and enterprise tooling, but often we just need a simple way to get our ideas and code to the public.
I hope you found this helpful! Now...go forth and deploy!