Solution for static page hosting and MERN App

Hello everyone!

I’m just getting started on DigitalOcean and I’m lookin for a setup which is some sort of multi-purpose. Right now I need to host two small HTML sites under different domain names. As for now I think this would be a easy task with Nginx Server Blocks. But then I’d also like to deploy a MERN (mongoDB is external) App for which I have been using Heroku. For that alone I was going to use Dokku.

Now what are my best options if I’d like to host all of these three, and further down the road maybe even more, on a single Droplet? Any advice here?

Thanks a lot in advance!

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I can think of 2 ways to do this:

  1. Just install your MERN components on your droplet, then using the Nginx instance setup a reverse proxy to your Node JS application

  2. Or use docker to run your MERN application in and then again using Nginx add a reverse proxy

The benefit of going with option 2 is that you can redeploy new images easier.