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’ve been working on the web for over a decade and am passionate about building great products.

My last job was with Airbnb, where I focused on internal products that helped teams measure the quality of the software they were building. I also built internal tools for employees to stay more connected, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, I was lead engineer at Mystery Science, the #1 way in which science is taught in U.S. elementary school classroms. For a while, I also taught with General Assembly, teaching aspiring developers the basics of 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 and Mariposa my home away from home.

I enjoy the great outdoors and absolutely love music and dance. Cars have been an lifelong obsession of mine, especially vintage BMWs and Volkswagens. I’m the proud owner of a 2002 E-250 Sportsmobile van, and he and I have enjoyed many trips to beautiful and remote parts of the West Coast to create good vibes.

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