Update to Atomic deployments

Atomic deployments are the first in the series of pipeline templates that we introduced to Buddy.

In short, they allow you to update your website with zero downtime by uploading the files a cache directory on the server and switching the symlink of the web server to the new version when everything's finished.

Recently we've modified the template by adding a feature that lets you define how many website versions you want to keep on the server.

Introducing: Rsync deployments

The most popular pipeline feature in Buddy is code delivery. You can use one of the many integrations to deploy your code – such as Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon S3, Rackspace, Google Cloud Storage or Microsoft Azure – or stick to the standard SFTP/SCP protocols, or even the good ol' FTP.

Deployment tools such as Capistrano may be used as well, with Rsync joining the party in the latest release.

Buddy Goes Enterprise

Ever since BuddyWorks was conceived we wanted to deliver a service that could be installed on-premises: there are many companies who cannot use a cloud solution and would rather keep stuff in-house, usually because of regulations regarding code storage.

Exclusive preview: Buddy Sandboxes

UPDATE 25.05.2017 Today we have activated the beta of Sandboxes in over a hundred accounts of Buddy users: if you can see the Sandboxes tab in the top navigation menu, it means the luck is upon you :) Soon you will receive an email together with an invitation to a special Slack channel, where you can report feedback and share your impressions.

If you can't see the tab, not all is lost: just drop an email to <sandboxes@buddy.works> with the URL to your account and we'll activate the feature for you!

The Problem

Hosting development & staging versions of projects involves a pain of managing dozens locations. In-house previews, QA stages, client presentations – they all take much more hassle than they should. There are:

  • servers and vhosts that need to be set up
  • passwords that need to be remembered.
  • deployments that must be defined.

At the end, you have to remember what's still in use and where, what’s alive and what's a zombie—and you end up in a little sysadmin’s nightmare.

New feature: Cloudflare integration

In response to popular demand we have added Cloudflare CDN support to Buddy.

Cloudflare is one of the most popular Content Delivery Networks in the world, along with AWS Cloudfront. In short, it's a global cache: when a user opens the website, the files are served from the closest server location which drastically speeds up the loading time.

Buddy v1.4.45 Released

New features

Improvements

  • Docker has been upgraded to v17.03.0-ce
  • We have added a new action to the DevOps section: Terminal, a Docker container with pre-installed Ubuntu 16.04 that you can use to run scripts on our servers. The action was available from the beginning, but we decided to give it more exposure due to popularity
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