Five Minute Guide

With Now's help, you can deploy and publish any kind of web application (or service) in under five minutes.
This guide will show you how to deploy such an app, connect it to a domain name of your choice and configure an SSL certificate.

Installing Now Desktop

The best way to get started with Now on your device is Now Desktop, a minimal application that runs in your menubar and comes with the following features:
  • Installs Now CLI and keeps it up to date automatically (the command line interface for interacting with Now).
  • Provides a realtime feed of the activity on your account and teams that you've joined.
  • Let's you deploy any kind of application or file by simply dragging and dropping it onto its menubar icon or selecting it using a file picker.

Signing Up

Once you've downloaded Now Desktop open it and follow the instructions.
After you've completed the signup process (you can also use the form to log in), a window should open with your account's event feed inside.

Deployment

Now that we're logged in, let's beging with deploying a simple static web site.
Firstly, create a directory called my-web-app and add the following content to a file called index.html.
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <body>
    This is a static web app.
  </body>
</html>
You can also use a Node.js app or an app with a Dockerfile instead of this simple static app.
After you have added the content, visit the my-web-app directory using a terminal and run this command:
now
now will deploy the app and give you a URL as shown below.

Getting a unique URL after the deployment.

This is a URL for the current deployment of the app. You can access this version of the app anytime with this URL.

Domain Name

Now you have a unique URL(https://my-web-app-avvuiuuwto.now.sh) for your app. But you probably want a nicer-sounding URL before directing your users there. The next step is to map the "now.sh" URL to a domain name that you prefer.
Let's assume the domain name is my-web-app.com, and you haven't bought it yet.
To map this domain name to the app's unique URL, run this command:
now alias https://my-web-app-avvuiuuwto.now.sh my-web-app.com
Since you haven't bought the domain name yet, you will be asked to enter your credit card information to buy it. You can do that by running this command:
now cc add
You may choose to upgrade your account to the "Premium" plan by running this command:
now upgrade
Now, run the domain mapping command again and follow these instructions:
now alias https://my-web-app-avvuiuuwto.now.sh my-web-app.com
Once you've done that, you'll be able to access your app using https://my-web-app.com. It is automatically configured with a Let's Encrypt SSL certificate and served with HTTPS.

After mapping a domain name to a deployment.

Updates

If you've made any changes to your app, you will need to deploy the latest version of your app. To do that, run this command:
now
You will receive a unique URL for this deployment. Let's assume that the new URL is https://my-web-app-ttfxzqwbwz.now.sh.
You can map this new URL to your domain name by running this command:
now alias https://my-web-app-ttfxzqwbwz.now.sh my-web-app.com
Now everything is ready.
Your users can access the updated web app at https://my-web-app.com.
These are just a few things you can do with now. To learn more about now, simply follow the rest of the docs.