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Heroku vs Zeit Now: What are the differences?

What is Heroku? Build, deliver, monitor and scale web apps and APIs with a trail blazing developer experience. Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.

What is Zeit Now? It makes serverless application deployment easy. A cloud platform for serverless deployment. It enables developers to host websites and web services that deploy instantly, scale automatically, and require no supervision, all with minimal configuration.

Heroku and Zeit Now are primarily classified as "Platform as a Service" and "Static Web Hosting" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Heroku are:

  • Agile deployment for Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, Go and Scala.
  • Run and scale any type of app.
  • Total visibility across your entire app.

On the other hand, Zeit Now provides the following key features:

  • Easy, production-ready deployment with one command
  • Simple scaling, including auto-scaling
  • No-Ops

According to the StackShare community, Heroku has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1504 company stacks & 965 developers stacks; compared to Zeit Now, which is listed in 14 company stacks and 6 developer stacks.

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Pros of Heroku
Pros of Vercel
  • 705
    Easy deployment
  • 459
    Free for side projects
  • 374
    Huge time-saver
  • 348
    Simple scaling
  • 261
    Low devops skills required
  • 190
    Easy setup
  • 174
    Add-ons for almost everything
  • 153
    Beginner friendly
  • 150
    Better for startups
  • 133
    Low learning curve
  • 48
    Postgres hosting
  • 41
    Easy to add collaborators
  • 30
    Faster development
  • 24
    Awesome documentation
  • 19
    Simple rollback
  • 19
    Focus on product, not deployment
  • 15
    Natural companion for rails development
  • 15
    Easy integration
  • 12
    Great customer support
  • 8
    GitHub integration
  • 6
    Painless & well documented
  • 6
    No-ops
  • 4
    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
  • 4
    Free
  • 3
    Great UI
  • 3
    Just works
  • 2
    PostgreSQL forking and following
  • 2
    MySQL extension
  • 1
    Security
  • 1
    Able to host stuff good like Discord Bot
  • 0
    Sec
  • 18
    Simple deployment
  • 15
    Free tier
  • 13
    Free SSL
  • 10
    Simple setup
  • 8
    Easy custom domain setup
  • 4
    Build and deploy via git push
  • 4
    One tap build
  • 3
    SSR
  • 1
    SSG

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Cons of Heroku
Cons of Vercel
  • 26
    Super expensive
  • 8
    Not a whole lot of flexibility
  • 6
    Storage
  • 6
    No usable MySQL option
  • 4
    Low performance on free tier
  • 1
    24/7 support is $1,000 per month
  • 1
    Pricing Unclear

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What is Heroku?

Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.

What is Vercel?

A cloud platform for serverless deployment. It enables developers to host websites and web services that deploy instantly, scale automatically, and require no supervision, all with minimal configuration.

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