Deployment guides - Zeit Now

Last year we learned that stale-while-revalidate is the best cache technique for this type of architecture. At that moment, only KeyCDN and StackPath supported it.

We got in contact with Now because it didn’t work with their CDN. It looks like they have finally fixed it:

They call it “Serverless Pre-Rendering” but I think we should stick to the real name, stale-while-revalidate.

Anyway, I think that our first deployment guide could be Now because it’s serverless, it’s cheap and it’s easy to set up. For what I see, their CDN works now on external domains as well.


EDIT: New instructions

We have created a Now Builder and now it’s much simpler to use:

  "alias": "", // CHANGE THIS!
  "version": 2,
  "builds": [
      "src": "package.json",
      "use": "@frontity/now"

More information in the official guide:

EDIT: Old instructions (use the new!)

These are the instructions to deploy in Zeit Now:

  1. Install the now package in your project:
npm install --save-dev now
  1. Add this now.json file:
  "version": 2,
  "alias": [""], // CHANGE THIS!
  "builds": [
      "src": "build/static/*",
      "use": "@now/static"
      "src": "favicon.ico",
      "use": "@now/static"
      "src": "build/server.js",
      "use": "@now/node"
  "routes": [
      "src": "/static/(.*)",
      "headers": {
        "cache-control": "max-age=31536000,s-maxage=31536000,immutable"
      "dest": "/build/static/$1"
    { "src": "/favicon.ico", "dest": "/favicon.ico" },
      "src": "/(.*)",
      "headers": { "cache-control": "s-maxage=1,stale-while-revalidate" },
      "dest": "/build/server.js"
  1. Add a CNAME of to in your domain DNS settings.

  2. Deploy Frontity using this command

npx frontity build && npx now --target production

@SantosGuillamot do you feel like doing a guide with this in the docs? :slight_smile:

Sure! I will try to have a first version of the installations (Where should we include the architecture needed to use Frontity and WordPress?) & deploy during this week. I’ll tell you when it is finished and I may need some feedback :grin:

Sure, whatever you need :slight_smile:

I have made the first version of this guide of how to deploy Frontity on Now. @luisherranz When you have some time, could you take a look at it to check if everything makes sense please? :pray:

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Looks great to me :slight_smile:

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Sorry I can’t understand …

I follow the steps indicated in this guide:

and the result is:

I had a Wordpress running …

Any suggestions?

According to the documentation:

  1. Point your main domain to Frontity, as it will be the domain your users will visit.
  2. Create a new subdomain for your admin dashboard, where you will access to edit your content. Using a subdomain will prevent you from buying a new one. You could use for example .

If the new url to edit the contents is

How is the URL of the Rest API? ?

As you say I think the best approach would be to create a subdomain for managing the content and point the main one to Frontity. If you already have posts and pages you should migrate it to the new domain.

You just have to change state.source.api at frontity.settings.js inside @frontity/wp-source package to, without /wp/v2/.

Let us know if you need any help. Looking forward to seeing what you’ve built :relaxed:

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You can test that everything works with a different domain before migrating your whole site to Frontity.

Now gives you a default domain for free. It can be something like for example.

Hi Santos,
I would like to know if it is possible to redirect all traffic to and from there redirect to my content server

Hello :wave:

Mmm don’t know about this, I’m sure someone from the @development-team will help you better. Could you guys take a look at it? :slightly_smiling_face:

@vscopise I don’t quite understand it either. Could you please reformulate your question?

Hi Luis,
I want to edit the contents of Wordpress by accessing,
while the traffic going to is redirected to and handled by Frontity.
Apparently this could be done in Zeit according to this documentation,
but it is not clear to me the way

Oh, I see. I don’t think you can host your WordPress in Now, as far as I know is only for serverless.

So you need to host somewhere else.

Hi Luis,
I’m checking if the subdomain redirection can be done,
according to Zeit documentation:

the command would be:
now dns wp A

Oh, ok, you are using Zeit DNS. Yes, then you need to add your A record with them :slight_smile:

This works 100%. Thank you so much.

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