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Random 502 error on static website hosted on app platform

I have been dealing with an issue on my personal website, It has been randomly showing a nginx 502 bad gateway error, and I have no means of debugging.

More info: it’s hosted on the app platform static website feature and is built with a dockerfile using astro, here’s the repo if anyone’s interested.


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Bobby Iliev
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October 6, 2023

Hi there,

What I could suggest is to deploy your app as a static site rather than using a Dockerfile. That way the website assets will be compiled during the build stage and then you will not need to run a Docker container with Nginx installed.

What you might have to do is define Node.js 18.x as the version as your app does not seem to work with the default 16.x. You can do that by adding the following to your package.json and then running npm update and push that to your repository:

  "engines": {
    "node": "18.x"
  }

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to deploy a static website on the App Platform:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-deploy-a-static-website-to-the-cloud-with-digitalocean-app-platform

As a test, I forked your repository and tried to deploy it that way and can confirm that it was successful.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Best,

Bobby

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