Vuepress

In this example we will be deploying a simple "Hello World" example with Vuepress.

Getting started with Vuepress

First we need to install Vuepress as a development depenency running using npm or yarn, for this entire example we will be using npm:

npm install vuepress --save-dev

Next we need to add the Vuepress scripts to our pacakge.json file:

{
    ...
    "scripts": {
        "dev": "vuepress dev docs",
        "build": "vuepress build docs",
    },
    ...
}

After we having installed Vuepress we are ready to start creating our docs using Markdown! Let's start by creating the docs folder which will contain all of our Markdown files with a README.md and the following code in it:

# Hello From Vuepress on Now 2.0!

Next we will create another section called Guide by creating a folder called guide with a README.md and the following code in it:

# Example Guide Section

Lastly we will create one more readme inside the docs folder but in this case we well call it config.md

# Example Guide Section

Now we are ready to configure Vuepress. We can do it by creating a folder called .vuepress inside the docs folder with a config.js and the following code:

module.exports = {
  title: 'Vuepress',
  description: 'This is a Zeit Now 2.0 example',
  themeConfig: {
    nav: [
      { text: 'Home', link: '/' },
      { text: 'Guide', link: '/guide/' },
      { text: 'Config Page', link: '/config' },
    ]
  }
}

Deploy a Vuepress version to Now

First we need to create a now.json configuration file to instruct Now how to build the project.

For this example we will be using our newest version Now 2.0.

By adding the version key to the now.json file, we can specify which Now Platform version to use.

We also need to define each builders we would like to use. Builders are modules that take a deployment's source and return an output, consisting of either static files or dynamic Lambdas.

In this case we are going to use @now/static-build to build and deploy our Vuepress application selecting the package.json as our entry point. We will also define a name for our project (optional).

{
    "version": 2,
    "name": "vuepress",
    "builds": [
        { "src": "package.json", "use": "@now/static-build" }
    ]
}

Visit our documentation for more information on the now.json configuration file.

We also need to include a script in package.json named "now-build" that specifies what command Now will run on the server to "build" your application. Also notice that we are using mv docs/.vuepress/dist dist to move all the files generated by the vuepress from the docs/.vuepress/dist folder to the dist folder which Now identifies as the static folder.

{
    "scripts": {
        ...
        "build": "vuepress build docs",
        "now-build": "npm run build && mv docs/.vuepress/dist dist"
    }
}

We are now ready to deploy the app.

$ now