How to deploy a docker container.. Into droplet, or as web app? Does it matter?

Hi everyone. Noob problem here :)

I’d like to deploy the web app via Docker. So I have created the droplet, with ubuntu, and via bash I’ve installed docker, git, and there’s apache by default. I have documentation for nginx, but it does not matter I guess.

I also have pointed domain to digital ocean, and then I’ve added dropplet public IP. And there I’m stuck. I’ve realized that I have to actually add database, and .env passwords etc. I was thinking when it’s deployed via Docker container, it will do everything for me, and I will not have to install docker etc.

I assume I’m mixing few things together… What’s the best way to deploy it? Essentially I was thinking about digital ocean like about Netlify, that’s kind of ready after the deployment from github repo.

I am willing to learn everything, but I’m lost :) Whats’ also the good resource to learn the cloud computing, please?

I’m depoloying Activepieces

Thank you all! :)

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Bobby Iliev
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April 14, 2024

Hi there,

Indeed, a Droplet is essentially an unmanaged server where you have root access and need to install and configure everything yourself.

What you could do instead is to use the App Platform where you can just specify your GitHub repository and it will do everything for you from cloning your project, building it, and deploying it, also in case of any changes to the repository it will automatically do that again for you:

If you already have a Dockerfile in your repository you can use it for the build process:

Alternatively, depending on the type of your app, you can use a native buildpack instead:

Feel free to share more information about your app and I will be happy to advise you further!



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