Snakes in the Cloud: Deploying Django Mezzanine on Heroku and S3 (East Bay)

Aleksandr Vladimirskiy will present "Snakes in the Cloud: Deploying Django Mezzanine on Heroku and S3". The talk will demonstrate how to deploy sites in the cloud along with Django and 3 best of breed apps, Mezzanine, South and Django Debug Toolbar. The resulting site is a complete content management system ready for theming, running with minimal system requirements and low hosting costs.

Following this hour long presentation, we'll take turns showing off an app we're working on (max of 3 presentations, 5 minutes each), directing attention to code in the app you think might be of special interest to a roomful of Django developers.

As usual, use remaining time to work on your project, give and get help over the shoulders of others for anything related to Django, including Python, CSS, HTML, JavaScript, Django apps, deployment, etc. Accelerate your learning, hone your Django skills, and/or get to know other East Bay Django Developers.

Beginners welcome - but you'll get much more out of the group if you've installed Python and Django and completed at least parts I and II of the official Django tutorial, started the Django Book, or had some other form of exposure to Django. To get started:

Tech Liminal charges $5 per attendee for use of the space. They are located a few blocks from Oakland 12th St. BART at following NEW ADDRESS:

555 12th Street, Suite 110 (Enter on Clay Street)
Oakland, CA 94607.

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  • Nate A.

    In case anyone is interested, I gave a talk at the Boston Python meetup about Django deployment to PaaS providers, and used Mezzanine as the example app. See my slides with synchronized audio here:

    March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Aleksandr, thanks for the presentation.

    I've been playing with Mezzanine this weekend and ran into a bit of trouble with the admin's TinyMCE editor when hosting static files on S3. The editor just pops up blank and I thinks it's because it's because the browser is unhappy that I'm trying to serve a script across domains.

    Has anyone run into this issue/know of any workarounds?


    February 23, 2013

  • Aleksandr V.

    If anyone has any issues with the code I posted please submit bug reports on GitHub. Thanks!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Aleksandr V.

    Hi everyone,

    I'd like to share the source code to the presentation and the Mezzanine project configured to run on Heroku and Amazon S3.

    Thank you,


    2 · February 15, 2013

    • Antoine


      February 16, 2013

    • Carlo C.

      Great presentation. Thank you.

      February 16, 2013

  • Antoine

    Hey, where can I get the slides from yesterday's great presentation? Thanks.

    2 · February 13, 2013

    • Joe G.

      Stay tuned . . . Alexandr just let me know it will be put up some time this weekend.

      February 15, 2013

    • Antoine

      cool. Thanks

      February 15, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Next 2 talks (tentative):

    March 5: Brent Noorda on Mako and Gevent (scaling). If someone wants to present Jinja2 on March 5, please let me know as it would be great if attendees could see the most popular 2 alternatives to Django templates presented one after the other.

    April 9: Ross McFarland on statsd and graphite

    February 13, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Big thanks to Aleksandr for covering a lot of ground and answering tons of questions about Mezzanine, South, Django debug toolbar, Heroku, and S3. Lookout, Wordpress!

    I counted 28 people in attendance - the most yet for an East Bay event. 42.5% of signups attended (28/66) which is consistent with prior events.

    February 13, 2013

  • Rudy M.

    Fabric script on github:

    Blog article:

    PS. we're also looking to hire on a junior django developer

    3 · February 12, 2013

  • Felix B

    Would love to see a recording of the session.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Joe G.

    Two great new resources (first free, 2nd $12) for beginners just came out:


    I've skimmed both and strongly recommend both. I began learning Python/Django four 4 months ago and could have shaved off nearly a month of my learning time if these two had been available.

    The 2 scoops book also contains material of use to experienced Django developers.

    2 · January 22, 2013

  • Michael G.

    Great topic

    January 18, 2013

  • Karl T.


    January 18, 2013

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