Like any other continuous service, there are a couple of things you should consider first before jumping into it. A well-thought checklist would be a great way to start.
We’ve divided our checklist into five main things we thought would be the best to focus on.
How reliable it is
Before purchasing or starting a free trial for a continuous deployment service, it wouldn’t hurt to read a couple of reviews beforehand. You will be amazed on how much you can learn from other people’s experiences, and how much it will help you on deciding.
This is where you can find out how reliable a certain continuous deployment service is.
Is it easy-to use?
One of the most crucial parts of deciding whether a specific deployment service suits you is to know how easy it is to use. You’ll find that many services have those over-fitting features which you might never use.
Having a great UI and UX will help you and your team deploy your project faster and easier. Not to mention the time you’ll be saving on skipping the introduction and how-to`s of using the said deployment service.
Security should be top priority to this point. Data integrity is something crucial when it comes to deciding whether to start your subscription to a deployment service or not. There should be a guarantee that your data will not leak or get accessed by other parties on the process of deploying.
Security can be an issue for many great companies which spend a fortunes just on keeping the integrity of their data safe. This is something you should take into consideration at most.
More often than not you’ll find yourself stuck on something because of the lack of knowledge on that particular field. This is where the support team comes to the rescue.
Having a support team to help you with difficulties should also be a top priority when it comes to choosing a deployment service. You’ll find yourself stuck on some problem that would take literally minutes for the support team to fix.
How well it fits your team
In the end, based on your research you’ll know if the deployment service will fit you 100%. You’ll find that the very best service will not be the most popular one, but the one that fits you best. After all, no two companies have the same needs on deploying.
You might want to consider things such as:
- Does it deploy the same code to multiple servers?
- Can I deploy from a given branch?
- Does it trigger notifications when the process is done?
- Is the rollback to the last deployment easy to do?
In conclusion, the most perfect deployment service is the one that fits you best but also has a lot of features you can benefit from and save time.
Of course there are a lot of other small things you should take into account when choosing such a service, but this is just a start.