These are the terms we encourage you to learn in order to deeply understand ZEIT Now. However, every occurrence of one of these terms is also linked back to this very page, so that you can always jump right to the explanation if needed.

General Terms

Deployment

A collection of files that were uploaded to ZEIT Now.

Preview Deployments

Preview Deployments are the default type of deployment. They are made available by pushing to a git branch through a Git integration, or by using the now command from Now CLI.

Learn more about Preview Deployments from the Deployments Concept documentation.

Production Deployments

Production Deployments are a promoted type of Deployment, made available by merging into a default branch through a Git integration, or by using the now --prod command from Now CLI

Learn more about Production Deployments from the Deployments Concept documentation.

Build Step

The Build Step is the process, before a deploymment is made publically available, in which a deployment's source files are constructed to be production-ready output.

Read more about the Build Step in the Build Step documentation.

Run Time

Run Time is the process in the deployment lifecycle that the deployment's code is being executed, after successfully being built through during the Build Step.

Custom Domains

A Custom Domain is a domain that has been added to a user or team for use with a project. Custom Domains are automatically updated when the project they are assigned to gains a new Production Deployment.

Preview Deployments

Preview Deployments are the default type of deployment. They are made available by pushing to a git branch through a Git integration, or by using the now command from Now CLI.

Learn more about Preview Deployments from the Deployments Concept documentation.

Production Deployments

Production Deployments are a promoted type of Deployment, made available by merging into a default branch through a Git integration, or by using the now --prod command from Now CLI

Learn more about Production Deployments from the Deployments Concept documentation.

Build Step

The Build Step is the process, before a deploymment is made publically available, in which a deployment's source files are constructed to be production-ready output.

Read more about the Build Step in the Build Step documentation.

Run Time

Run Time is the process in the deployment lifecycle that the deployment's code is being executed, after successfully being built through during the Build Step.

Custom Domains

A Custom Domain is a domain that has been added to a user or team for use with a project. Custom Domains are automatically updated when the project they are assigned to gains a new Production Deployment.

Source Files

These are the files contained within your project before it is uploaded with ZEIT Now.

Serverless Function

A serverless code execution handler that can be invoked over the web.

Static File

A file that is not executed, but instead served as-is to the program sending the request.

Project

A structured group of deployments, categorized by the deployment name.

Apex Domain

An Apex Domain is a custom domain without an included subdomain. For example, "my-zeit-domain.com" is an Apex Domain, but "docs.my-zeit-domain.com" is not.

Apex Domains are sometimes referred to as "naked", "bare", "base", "root", or "zone apex" domains.

Company & Product

ZEIT

The company behind the product ZEIT Now.

Now

The platform on which Deployments are created, served and managed.

Now CLI

The command line interface client for ZEIT Now.