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Create A Heroku Account

We'll be using Heroku to put our apps online because it's simple and free for the tier we'll be needing.

Step 1: Visit the Heroku web site

http://heroku.com

Step 2: Create an account

Click the big Sign Up button (it's about halfway down the page)

Enter your email address.

Use the same email address for heroku, git, github, and ssh. Be sure to use an email account you can log into immediately.

Step 3: Activate your account

Heroku will send you an activation email. Open it and click on the activation link. It will take you to the Heroku site. Enter and confirm your password. Hit Save.

Step 4: Install the Heroku CLI

Visit https://devcenter.heroku.com/articles/heroku-cli and follow the instructions relevant to your operating system. Afterwards:

Verify

Type this in the terminal:
heroku version
Approximate expected result:
heroku-toolbelt/3.30.6 (x86_64-darwin10.8.0) ruby/1.9.3
heroku-cli/5.6.8-9647e01 (darwin-amd64) go1.7.4
You have no installed plugins.
The greyed-out text may differ and is not important.

The output could be different, depending on whether this is the first time you've installed the Heroku CLI, but it should always have heroku-cli in it.

If heroku version doesn't work, try the command again in a new terminal window.

Step 5: Add your SSH key to your Heroku account

Type this in the terminal:
heroku keys:add

Enter your Heroku email and password, if prompted, and accept the defaults.

Optional Step: Create a GitHub account

Since by now you should have both Git and an SSH key, you can optionally Create a Github account to share code with your friends.

You don't need a GitHub account to complete the InstallFest, or the Intro To Rails, Job Board, or Message Board courses.

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