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NestJS 13 series - Getting started

By James Kolean on Nov 20, 2023
Source repository: https://gitlab.com/jameskolean/next-explore
Demo: https://next-explore-liart.vercel.app/

This is a series on NextJS 13. I will be exporing features I would want in any application and see what it takes to make it happen in NextJS 13.

This edition we will get simple app deployed on Vercel.

Step 1: Update Next.js

Before diving into Vercel, make sure you have the latest version of Next.js installed. Open your terminal and run the following command:

npm install next@latest react react-dom

This will ensure that you have the latest version of Next.js, as well as the required React dependencies.

Step 2: Verify your package.json

Ensure that your package.json file is configured correctly. Here’s a minimal example:

  "name": "your-nextjs-app",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "scripts": {
    "dev": "next",
    "build": "next build",
    "start": "next start"
  "dependencies": {
    "next": "^13.0.0",
    "react": "^17.0.0",
    "react-dom": "^17.0.0"

Make sure the versions match the ones you installed in Step 1.

Step 3: Create a Vercel Account

If you don’t already have an account on Vercel, head over to https://vercel.com/ and sign up.

Step 4: Connect your Git repository

Vercel seamlessly integrates with Git repositories. Connect your Next.js project to your preferred Git provider (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket) through the Vercel dashboard.

Step 5: Deploy your Next.js app

Once your repository is connected, Vercel will automatically detect your Next.js project. Configure your deployment settings, such as environment variables, and hit the “Deploy” button.

Vercel will initiate the build process and deploy your Next.js app. Once the deployment is complete, you’ll receive a unique URL where your app is live.

Step 6: Explore Next.js 13 features

With your app successfully deployed on Vercel, take advantage of the new features introduced in Next.js 13, such as faster builds, improved image optimization, and enhanced developer experience.

Getting Next.js 13 up and running on Vercel is a straightforward process that allows you to leverage the latest advancements in web development. As you explore the new features and optimizations, you’ll be well-equipped to build high-performance web applications with ease. Happy coding!

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