I’ve been reading the tutorials on how to deploy a Django site and for the most part it all makes sense. I’m wondering if there’s a limitation with the app platform though… is it possible to store media uploaded by users of the content management service I’m deploying? As far as I understand anything written to the docker container will be erased on each deployment and I don’t see how to map directories in permanent storage to the docker image directories. Is this a use case for a more advanced setup?

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I think you have two options here, either using DigitalOcean block storage or using DigitalOcean Spaces object storage.

If you want access control for the content uploaded to your CMS application, which I assume you do, you can use DigitalOcean Spaces Object storage with Django package like django-storages:

https://django-storages.readthedocs.io/en/latest/backends/digital-ocean-spaces.html

Note that the environment variable names include AWS, this is because Spaces is S3-compatible.