How to upload a static website from the build folder

First of all let me say that I am new to the Digital Ocean platform. I am currently exploring the ‘apps’ section and I am currently trying to upload a static website to an app without needing the overhead of an additional github repository. I created an app with the ‘static assets’ setup. I am now trying to figure out where to upload the What I would ideally would do is run a command similar like I would do in Firebase. It would go something like this:

firebase login

firebase use <yourprojectid>

Then in the build folder created by running npm build you would do the following:

firebase deploy

And it would upload the static build assets to the project.

Are similar commands available or do I need to use a public repo to host the website? Or can I drag and drop the files?

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Bobby Iliev
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September 1, 2023
Accepted Answer

Hi there,

The DigitalOcean App Platform does not offer a drag-and-drop way of deploying sites.

The best way to deploy your static site to the App Platform is to use a GitHub repo. It does not have to be a public one, you can also use a private repository and keep your site files private.

After you’ve deployed your static site via GitHub, the next time you push your changes to your repository they will be automatically deployed to the App Platform, so it will be a matter of pushing your changes with:

git add . 
git commit -m "your commit" 
git push origin main

To get your changes from your local laptop to the App Platform.

You can define the build command in the App Platform so that you will not have to build your site locally and push the build folder, but it will be done on the App Platform itself.

Here is a step by step guide on how to do this:

Hope that this helps!



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