Before we begin, make sure you have the following:
A Next.js application ready for deployment.
A Vercel account. If you don't have one, you can sign up for free at vercel.com.
Step 1: Install the Vercel CLI
To deploy your Next.js application to Vercel, you'll need to install the Vercel CLI. Open your terminal and run the following command:
npm install -g vercel
Step 2: Build your Next.js Application
Before deploying, you need to build your Next.js application. In your terminal, navigate to the root directory of your project and run the following command:
npm run build
This command will generate an optimized production-ready build of your Next.js application.
Step 3: Deploy to Vercel
Once your application is built, you can deploy it to Vercel. In your terminal, run the following command:
This command will start the deployment process. Vercel will guide you through the deployment configuration, including selecting your project directory and providing a name for your deployment.
Step 4: Configure Deployment Settings
After selecting your project directory and providing a name for your deployment, Vercel will prompt you to configure additional deployment settings. You can choose the default settings or customize them according to your requirements.
Step 5: Access Your Deployed Application
Once the deployment is complete, Vercel will provide you with a unique URL where your Next.js application is hosted. You can access your deployed application by visiting this URL in your browser.
Congratulations! You have successfully deployed your Next.js application on Vercel. In just a few simple steps, you went from development to production, making your website accessible to users worldwide.
Remember, Vercel provides additional features like custom domains, environment variables, and automatic deployments. Explore the Vercel documentation to make the most out of your deployment.