This guide could be used to deploy a Node.js application onto any VPC, such as Amazon EC2, Linode, even a Raspberry Pi.
GitHub repository: https://github.com/TomDoesTech/caddy-nodejs-docker-tutorial
The diagram below visualizes what you will build as a result of following this guide. Requests will come into the VPC, in this case, a DigitalOcean droplet, they will hit the Docker application running Caddy. Caddy will reverse proxy the request to the Node.js application. The Node.js application will respond and Caddy will forward that request out through port 443.
What is Caddy server and why should I use it?
Caddy server is an open-source web server written in Go. It’s designed to be user-friendly, with the configuration being minimal, while still being scalable and suitable for enterprise-grade applications.
Caddy is an alternative to Nginx or Apache, with the transition to Caddy being as nice as the transition from Apache to Nginx was.
The most notable feature of Caddy is automatic TLC certificate generation and renewals. Couple that with the easy configuration and you have no reason to not be using Caddy Server.
In the root of your application, create a Dockerfile