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Account-based subdomains in Rails

For many applications, access is usually through a single domain, such as This way, the application developer is able to offer a unified experience to all users. This works great most of the time, but imagine a situation where you need to give each user a customized experience; how would you achieve this? One of the ways you can customize the user experience in a single application is by using account-based subdomains.

Good Database Migration Practices for Your Ruby on Rails App using Strong Migrations

One great feature that comes with modern web frameworks is the ability to manage database schema migrations. However, schema migrations are not 100% safe and remain a recurring cause of issues within projects I have encountered over the last 15 years. This article will review the issues surrounding poorly managed schema migrations and then look into Strong Migrations, a gem that can help you avoid most problems. Finally, we will discuss a few good practices around database management. Let's get started!

How to deploy a Rails app to Render

There are many ways to deploy a Ruby on Rails application to the internet. Between hosting on your own hardware, renting a virtual machine, using a cloud provider, and using a platform, the opportunities are endless. The low-hassle way to host a Rails application is to use a Platform as a Service (PaaS). In this article, we'll show you how to deploy a Rails Application to, and as a bonus, monitor it with Honeybadger! You can find the final project here on Github.

Hotwire Modals in Ruby on Rails with Stimulus and Turbo Frames

Modals are widely used on the web, but they are rarely built with accessibility in mind. When a modal is displayed, the background is dimmed visually but it's still visible to screen readers and keyboard-only users. In this post, the first of a two-part series, we'll look at presenting accessible modals in Rails using two different approaches powered by Hotwire's Turbo and Stimulus libraries. But first, let's see what we need to do to make modals accessible.

Full-Text Search for Ruby on Rails with Litesearch

In this post, we'll turn to the last piece of the puzzle in LiteStack: Litesearch. As an example, we will equip a prompts index page with a search bar to query a database for certain prompts. We will generate a couple of fake records to test our search functionality against. Let's get to it!

Visualizing Ahoy analytics in Rails

At Honeybadger, we use Ahoy for first-party analytics in Rails. Ahoy is excellent for developers because it lives in your Rails application alongside your other data and code. Want to answer a specific question about your product or website visitors? It's just one ActiveRecord query away: Ahoy also works with Chartkick and Groupdate to visualize your data.

Building reusable UI components in Rails with ViewComponent

Reusable UI components are user interface widgets or elements that can be used in various places in a web project. These components are typically small and created for a specific functionality. Typically, you write the code once and then import the UI components wherever needed. For example, you can create a card component that displays certain information or have a navigation bar that will appear at the top of all web pages. Such UI elements can be imported and added to your desired web page.

Speed Up Your Ruby on Rails Application with LiteCache

In this series, we have looked at the "musts" (databases) and "shoulds" (asynchronous jobs, websockets) of a web application. Now we turn to one of the "coulds" (that is nonetheless recommended for scaling businesses): caching. In particular, we mean caching HTML fragments and other snippets of data, as referred to in Rails Guides. We are not concerned with HTTP or SQL query caching. In this part, we'll see how to speed up our Rails app using LiteCache.