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Single Click to Success: Deploying on Netlify, Vercel, Heroku, and Render with Atlas

Pavel Duchovny6 min read • Published Apr 10, 2024 • Updated Apr 10, 2024
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MongoDB One-Click Starters are pre-configured project templates tailored for specific development stacks, designed to be deployed with just a few clicks. The primary purpose of these starters is to streamline the process of setting up new projects by providing a battle-tested structure that includes MongoDB Atlas as the database.
By utilizing MongoDB One-Click Starters, developers can significantly speed up project setup, reduce configuration errors, and promote best practices in using MongoDB. These starters eliminate the need to start from scratch or spend time configuring the database, allowing developers to focus more on the core features of their applications.
In this document, we will cover detailed insights into four specific MongoDB One-Click Starters:
  1. Netlify MongoDB Starter
  2. Vercel MongoDB Next.js FastAPI Starter
  3. Heroku MERN Atlas Starter
  4. Render MERN Atlas Starter
For each starter, we will provide a single-click deploy button as well as information on how to deploy and effectively use that starter to kickstart your projects efficiently.

Netlify MongoDB Starter

Netlify deploy
The Netlify MongoDB Starter is a template specifically designed for projects that intend to utilize MongoDB paired with Netlify, particularly focusing on JAMstack applications. This starter template comes equipped with key features that streamline the development process and enhance the functionality of applications built on this stack.
  • Next.js
  • React
Key features: Pre-configured environment for serverless functions: The starter provides a seamless environment setup for serverless functions, enabling developers to create dynamic functionalities without the hassle of server management.
Integrated MongoDB connection: With an integrated MongoDB connection, developers can easily leverage the powerful features of MongoDB for storing and managing data within their applications.
Ideal use cases:
The Netlify MongoDB Starter is ideal for the following scenarios:
Rapid prototyping: Developers looking to quickly prototype web applications that require a backend database can benefit from the pre-configured setup of this starter template.
Full-fledged applications with minimal server management: For projects aiming to build comprehensive applications with minimal server management overhead, the Netlify MongoDB Starter offers a robust foundation.

Deployment guide

To deploy the Netlify MongoDB Starter, follow these steps:
Clone the GitHub repository: Click the “Deploy to Netlify” button or clone the repository from Netlify MongoDB Starter GitHub repository to your local machine using Git.
Setting up environment variables for MongoDB connection: Within the cloned repository, set up the necessary environment variables to establish a connection with your MongoDB database.

Exploring and customizing the Starter:

To explore and modify the Netlify MongoDB Starter for custom use, consider the following tips:
Directory structure: Familiarize yourself with the directory structure of the starter to understand the organization of files and components.
Netlify functions: Explore the pre-configured serverless functions and customize them to suit your application's requirements.

Vercel MongoDB Next FastAPI Starter

Vercel Upload
The Vercel MongoDB Next.js FastAPI Starter is a unique combination designed for developers who seek a powerful setup to effectively utilize MongoDB in applications requiring both Next.js for frontend development and FastAPI for backend API services, all while being hosted on Vercel. This starter kit offers a seamless integration between Next.js and FastAPI, enabling developers to build web applications with a dynamic front end and a robust backend API.
  • Next.js
  • React
  • FastAPI
Key features:
Integration: The starter provides a smooth integration between Next.js and FastAPI, allowing developers to work on the front end and back end seamlessly.
Database: It leverages MongoDB Atlas as the database solution, offering a reliable and scalable option for storing application data.
Deployment: Easy deployment on Vercel provides developers with a hassle-free process to host their applications and make them accessible on the web.
Ideal Use Cases:
The Vercel MongoDB Next FastAPI Starter is ideal for developers looking to build modern web applications that require a dynamic front end powered by Next.js and a powerful backend API using FastAPI. Use cases include building AI applications, e-commerce platforms, content management systems, or any application requiring real-time data updates and user interactions.

Step-by-step deployment guide

Use starter kit: Click “Deploy” or clone or download the starter kit from the GitHub repository
Configuration: Configure MongoDB Atlas: Set up a database cluster on MongoDB Atlas and obtain the connection string. Vercel setup: Create an account on Vercel and install the Vercel CLI for deployment.
Environment setup: Create a .env file in the project root to store environment variables like the MongoDB connection string. Configure the necessary environment variables in the .env file.
Deployment: Use the Vercel CLI to deploy the project to Vercel by running the command after authentication. Follow the prompts to deploy the application on Vercel.
Customizations: For specific application needs, developers can customize the starter kit by:
  • Adding additional features to the front end using Next.js components and libraries.
  • Extending the backend API functionality by adding more endpoints and services in FastAPI.
  • Integrating other third-party services or databases to suit the project requirements.
By leveraging the flexibility and capabilities of the Vercel MongoDB Next FastAPI Starter, developers can efficiently create and deploy modern web applications with a well-integrated frontend and backend system that utilizes MongoDB for data management.

Heroku MERN Atlas Starter

Deploy Heroku
The Heroku MERN Atlas Starter is meticulously designed for developers looking to effortlessly deploy MERN stack applications, which combine MongoDB, Express.js, React, and Node.js, on the Heroku platform. This starter kit boasts key features that simplify the deployment process, including seamless Heroku integration, pre-configured connectivity to MongoDB Atlas, and a structured scaffolding for implementing CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations.
Ideal for projects requiring a robust and versatile technology stack spanning both client-side and server-side components, the Heroku MERN Atlas Starter is best suited for building scalable web applications. By leveraging the functionalities provided within this starter kit, developers can expedite the development process and focus on crafting innovative solutions rather than getting bogged down by deployment complexities.

Deployment Guide

To begin utilizing the Heroku MERN Atlas Starter, developers can click the “Deploy to Heroku” button or first clone the project repository from GitHub using the Heroku MERN Atlas starter repository.Subsequently, configuring Heroku and MongoDB details is a straightforward process, enabling developers to seamlessly set up their deployment environment.
Upon completion of the setup steps, deploying and running the application on Heroku becomes a breeze. Developers can follow a structured deployment guide provided within the starter kit to ensure a smooth transition from development to the production environment. It is recommended that readers explore the source code of the Heroku MERN Atlas Starter to foster a deeper understanding of the implementation details and to tailor the starter kit to their specific project requirements.
Embark on your journey with the Heroku MERN Atlas Starter today to experience a streamlined deployment process and unleash the full potential of MERN stack applications.

Render MERN Atlas Starter

Deploy Render
Render MERN Atlas Starter is a specialized variant tailored for developers who prefer leveraging Render's platform for hosting MERN stack applications. This starter pack is designed to simplify and streamline the process of setting up a full-stack application on Render, with integrated support for MongoDB Atlas, a popular database service offering flexibility and scalability.
Key Features: Automatic deployments: It facilitates seamless deployments directly from GitHub repositories, ensuring efficient workflow automation. Free SSL certificates: It comes with built-in support for SSL certificates, guaranteeing secure communication between the application and the users. Easy scaling options: provides hassle-free scalability options, allowing applications to adapt to varying levels of demand effortlessly.
Use cases:
Render MERN Atlas Starter is especially beneficial for projects that require straightforward deployment and easy scaling capabilities. It is ideal for applications where rapid development cycles and quick scaling are essential, such as prototyping new ideas, building MVPs, or deploying small- to medium-sized web applications.

Deployment guide

To deploy the Render MERN Atlas Starter on Render, follow these steps:
Setting up MongoDB Atlas Database: Create a MongoDB Atlas account and configure a new database instance according to your application's requirements.
Linking project to Render from GitHub: Click “Deploy to Render” or share the GitHub repository link containing your MERN stack application code with Render. This enables Render to automatically fetch code updates for deployments.
Configuring deployment settings: On Render, specify the deployment settings, including the environment variables, build commands, and other configurations relevant to your application.
Feel free to use the repository link for the Render MERN Atlas Starter.
We encourage developers to experiment with the Render MERN Atlas Starter to explore its architecture and customization possibilities fully. By leveraging this starter pack, developers can quickly launch robust MERN stack applications on Render and harness the benefits of its deployment and scaling features.


In summary, the MongoDB One-Click Starters provide an efficient pathway for developers to rapidly deploy and integrate MongoDB into various application environments. Whether you’re working with Netlify, Vercel, Heroku, or Render, these starters offer a streamlined setup process, pre-configured features, and seamless MongoDB Atlas integration. By leveraging these starters, developers can focus more on building robust applications rather than the intricacies of deployment and configuration. Embrace these one-click solutions to enhance your development workflow and bring your MongoDB projects to life with ease.
Ready to elevate your development experience? Dive into the world of MongoDB One-Click Starters today and unleash the full potential of your projects, register to Atlas and start building today!
Have questions or want to engage with our community, visit MongoDB community.

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