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How to deploy Vue app in the shared hosting environment?

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Deploying a Vue.js application to a shared hosting environment involves a few steps:

1. Build Your Vue App

First, you need to build your Vue.js application for production. This generates static files that can be served by a web server. Run the following command in your Vue project directory:

npm run build

This will create a dist directory in your project, containing all the necessary files for deployment.

2. Prepare Your Hosting Environment

Access your shared hosting environment via FTP or SSH.

Ensure that you have access to the public_html or www directory, where your website files are served from.

3. Upload Your Files

Upload the contents of the dist directory (generated in step 1) to the root directory of your website on the shared hosting server.

4. Configure Server

If your shared hosting environment supports URL rewriting (usually through Apache’s .htaccess file), you’ll need to configure it to redirect all requests to your index.html file.

This is because Vue Router uses client-side routing, and all URLs should be handled by the Vue application. Here’s an example .htaccess file:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteEngine On
  RewriteBase /
  RewriteRule ^index\.html$ - [L]
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
  RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
  RewriteRule . /index.html [L]

This configuration will ensure that all requests that don’t match an existing file or directory are redirected to index.html, allowing Vue Router to handle them.

5. Test Your Application

After uploading your files and configuring the server, visit your website’s URL to ensure that your Vue.js application is working correctly in the shared hosting environment.

6. Handle API Requests (if applicable)

If your Vue.js application makes API requests to a server, ensure that those requests are properly configured to point to the correct domain and endpoints in your shared hosting environment.

By following these steps, you should be able to deploy your Vue.js application to a shared hosting environment successfully.

If you encounter any issues, check your server logs for error messages, and refer to your hosting provider’s documentation for specific configuration instructions.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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