I recently decided to switch my Rails hosting platform. I started Rails using a shared hosting solution from domainFACTORY. That solution did not quite fill my needs so i decided to give Heroku a try.
Switching to Heroku is an easy taks, at least if you know what you’re doing…
The heroku documentation is pretty decent. You will find almost everything very well explained.
So I provide just a little wrapup of the steps I went through for integrating an existing Rails application:
# install heroku gem gem install heroku # go to your rails folder cd rails/yourapp # skip git initialization if your app is already under versioncontrol git init git add . git commit -m "new app" # create a heroku app with the name of your app unless you already have one # the first call to heroku automatically prompts for your ssh public key # enter your heroku and ssh credentials # heroku will automatically add heroku git repository as a remote heroku create yourappname # check that heroku is added git remote # add heroku remote manually if it's missing git remote add heroku firstname.lastname@example.org:yourappname.git # push your changes to heroku and automatically start your app with this git push heroku master # check logs # if the app crashes, most of the times # it is a missing .gems file that heroku uses for gem-management heroku logs
Configuring the domain
Once the app is up and running, the next step is to get the custom domain working with Heroku. Heroku provides serveral solutions for this task. The most flexible way seems to be the Heroku-Zerigo integration.
www.phoet.de NS a.ns.zerigo.net www.phoet.de NS b.ns.zerigo.net www.phoet.de NS c.ns.zerigo.net www.phoet.de NS d.ns.zerigo.net www.phoet.de NS e.ns.zerigo.net
It takes some time until the changes are propagated through all the name servers. You can check it using the host command:
host www.phoet.de # www.phoet.de is an alias for proxy.heroku.com. # proxy.heroku.com has address 184.108.40.206 # proxy.heroku.com has address 220.127.116.11 # proxy.heroku.com has address 18.104.22.168
The Heroku addons take care of the rest, no setup or whatever:
# add the custom-domain addon heroku addons:add custom_domains:basic # add the zerigo-dns addon heroku addons:add zerigo_dns # add your domain to heroku heroku domains:add www.yourdomain.com
I write these lines, because I did not manage to do this withouth the fast Heroku support.