Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) capabilities are basic expectations for modern development teams who want fast feedback on their changes and rapid deployment to the cloud. In recent years, we’ve seen the growing adoption of GitHub Actions, a feature-rich CI/CD system that dovetails nicely with cloud hosting platforms such as Heroku. In this article, we’ll demonstrate the power of these tools used in combination — specifically how GitHub Actions can be used to quickly deploy a Django application to the cloud.

A Quick Introduction to Django

Django is a Python web application framework that’s been around since the early 2000s. It follows a model-view-controller (MVC) architecture and is known as the “batteries-included” web framework for Python. That’s because it has lots of capabilities, including a strong object-relational mapping (ORM) for abstracting database operations and models. It also has a rich templating system with many object-oriented design features.

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