Deploying a Site via DNS - "That was Easy!"

I launched a site today for Northpoint Horizons, and it was seriously one of the simplest deployments I’ve ever experienced.

We’ve been working on the site for months on the future (now current) production server. We’ve used it for the client to review the site, to perform testing, everything you’d do with you traditional development environment. All the meanwhile, the DNS for has been pointing at some sandbox with an “under construction” banner. So after rigorously reviewing the “staged” site with the client and completely approving it for launch, we just flicked a switch pointing the DNS right to our environment and everything just worked.

I can’t imagine deploying a website, at least v1.0, any other way.

Thanks for reading! I'm Avand.

I am a full-stack software engineer, product designer, and teacher. I’ve been working on the web for over a decade and am passionate about building great products.

I currently work at Airbnb, where I help internal product teams stay abreast with customer feedback. Before that, I was at Mystery Science, transforming how elementary school teachers teach science. And since 2013, I’ve worked on-and-off with General Assembly, teaching aspiring developers what I know about front-end web development.

I was born in Boston, grew up in Salt Lake City, and spent many years living in Chicago. Now, I call San Francisco my home.

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