Once you’ve designed your site and written your first page of content you want to get it out there for all the world to see.
Nesta will run on any web server that supports Sinatra. This gives you plenty of choice, but you don’t even need your own web server. We’re going to look at how to deploy Nesta on a couple of cloud hosting platforms (Heroku and OpenShift), or on your own server or slice.
Heroku was one of the first “Platform as a Service” cloud based hosting platforms. Running Nesta on Heroku is easy, and it’s probably fair to say that most Nesta sites are deployed on Heroku.
OpenShift is a free auto-scaling “Platform as a Service” cloud based hosting platform from RedHat. Because it supports Ruby, you can install Nesta on it easily.
Though Heroku is awesome, it isn’t for everybody. You get more flexibility if you deploy Nesta to your own web server.
This article will show you how to store the contents of your Nesta web site in a local Git repository, and publish changes by running a single git command. It’s not relevant if you’re deploying to Heroku.