Setting up Resources on Render

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Render is pretty neat!

I’m still super early days but I have discovered the render.yml files that is the equivalent to the Amazon CDK (Cloud Development Kit). The Amazon CDK is pretty powerful from what I can glean.

I say that because I have watched several videos on how awesome it is, but my eyes always glaze over when I have to go on a six week training course just so I know how many services Amazon can offer me! Bitter? Maybe, confused? Absolutely.

I’m not going to get all ranty about AWS, all I’ll say is that it’s not the sort of thing you can go ‘quickly’ spin something up without worrying if you’re going to end up with a massive bill at the end of the month.

Preconceptions? Absolutely, and until there’s an AWS light I don’t think they will change for me. There are services that offer the AWS light option though, services like Vercel, Begin, Netlify functions and Render.

Render YML

Render gives you the option to configure your whole stack in one file. So far I’ve only spun up a Strapi web service with accompanying PSQL databases for a staging and production environment.

services:
- type: web
name: strapi-production
env: node
plan: starter
buildCommand: yarn install && yarn build
startCommand: yarn start
healthCheckPath: /_health
region: frankfurt
envVars:
- key: NODE_VERSION
value: 12.18.4
- key: NODE_ENV
value: production
- key: CLOUDINARY_NAME
sync: false
- key: CLOUDINARY_KEY
sync: false
- key: CLOUDINARY_SECRET
sync: false
- key: DATABASE_URL
fromDatabase:
name: database-production
property: connectionString
- key: JWT_SECRET
generateValue: true
- key: ADMIN_JWT_SECRET
generateValue: true
- type: web
name: strapi-staging
env: node
plan: starter
buildCommand: yarn install && yarn build
startCommand: yarn start
healthCheckPath: /_health
region: frankfurt
envVars:
- key: NODE_VERSION
value: 12.18.4
- key: NODE_ENV
value: production
- key: CLOUDINARY_NAME
sync: false
- key: CLOUDINARY_KEY
sync: false
- key: CLOUDINARY_SECRET
sync: false
- key: DATABASE_URL
fromDatabase:
name: database-staging
property: connectionString
- key: JWT_SECRET
generateValue: true
- key: ADMIN_JWT_SECRET
generateValue: true
databases:
- name: database-production
plan: starter
region: frankfurt
- name: database-staging
plan: starter
region: frankfurt
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