Deploy Static Assets

WARNING! All of these solutions stand-up a publicly accessible web viewer. Do not hook your hosted viewer up to a sensitive source of data without implementing authentication.

There are a lot of options for deploying static assets. Some services, like netlify and surge.sh, specialize in static websites. You'll notice that deploying with them requires much less time and effort, but comes at the cost of less product offerings.

While not required, it can simplify things to host your Web Viewer alongside your image archive. Services with more robust product offerings, like Google Cloud, Microsoft's Azure, and Amazon Web Services (AWS), are able to accomodate this setup.

Drag-n-drop

Easy

Advanced

Drag-n-drop

Netlify: Drop

Build, deploy, and manage modern web projects. An all-in-one workflow that combines global deployment, continuous integration, and automatic HTTPS. And that’s just the beginning.

netlify-drop example

GIF demonstrating deployment with Netlify Drop

  1. https://app.netlify.com/drop
  2. Drag your build/ folder on to the drop target
  3. ...
  4. annnd you're done

Features:

  • Custom domains & HTTPS
  • Instant Git integration
  • Continuous deployment
  • Deploy previews
  • Access to add-ons

(Non-free tiers include identity, FaaS, Forms, etc.)

Learn more about Netlify on their website

Easy

Surge.sh

Static web publishing for Front-End Developers. Simple, single-command web publishing. Publish HTML, CSS, and JS for free, without leaving the command line.

surge.sh deploy example

GIF demonstrating deployment with surge

# Add surge command
yarn global add surge

# In the build directory
surge

Features:

  • Free custom domain support
  • Free SSL for surge.sh subdomains
  • pushState support for single page apps
  • Custom 404.html pages
  • Barrier-free deployment through the CLI
  • Easy integration into your Grunt toolchain
  • Cross-origin resource support
  • And more…

Learn more about surge.sh on their website

GitHub Pages

WARNING! While great for project sites and light use, it is not advised to use GitHub Pages for production workloads. Please consider using a different service for mission critical applications.

Websites for you and your projects. Hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.

This deploy strategy makes more sense if you intend to maintain your project in a GitHub repository. It allows you to specify a branch or folder as the target for a GitHub Page's website. As you push code changes, the hosted content updates to reflect those changes.

  1. Head over to GitHub.com and create a new repository, or go to an existing one. Click on the Settings tab.
  2. Scroll down to the GitHub Pages section. Choose the branch or folder you would like as the "root" of your website.
  3. Fire up a browser and go to http://username.github.io/repository

Configuring Your Site:

Learn more about GitHub Pages on its website

Advanced

All of these options, while using providers with more service offerings, demonstrate how to host the viewer with their respective file storage and CDN offerings. While you can serve your static assets this way, if you're going through the trouble of using AWS/GCP/Azure, it's more likely you're doing so to avoid using a proxy or to simplify authentication.

If that is the case, check out some of our more advanced docker deployments that target these providers from the left-hand sidepanel.

These guides can be a bit longer and a update more frequently. To provide accurate documentation, we will link to each provider's own recommended steps:

AWS S3 + Cloudfront

GCP + Cloudflare

Azure

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