The Admin panel and none of the pages created through the CMS are not being rendered in prod

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Juan Sebastián Mendoza
11 months ago

I have a NextJS + Payload CMS app being deployed on Vercel. It is based on this starter template:


I'm not sure if this issue is because of the environment variables, but I have the same as the one in my local (


is the value of




). I tried setting both of them equal to

which is the prod URL, but it didn't work.

I validated the




variables, and they're all the same both in my local and in prod.

This is the log from Vercel when trying to go to


in prod:

APIError: The collection with slug pages can't be found.
    at new ExtendableError (/var/task/node_modules/payload/dist/errors/APIError.js:22:15)
    at new APIError (/var/task/node_modules/payload/dist/errors/APIError.js:38:9)
    at findLocal (/var/task/node_modules/payload/dist/collections/operations/local/find.js:16:15)
    at BasePayload.find (/var/task/node_modules/payload/dist/payload.js:53:20)
    at getServerSideProps (/var/task/.next/server/pages/[...slug].js:662:56)
    at /var/task/node_modules/next/dist/server/render.js:508:110
    at /var/task/node_modules/next/dist/server/lib/trace/tracer.js:66:32
    at NoopContextManager.with (/var/task/node_modules/next/dist/compiled/@opentelemetry/api/index.js:1:7054)
    at ContextAPI.with (/var/task/node_modules/next/dist/compiled/@opentelemetry/api/index.js:1:517)
    at NoopTracer.startActiveSpan (/var/task/node_modules/next/dist/compiled/@opentelemetry/api/index.js:1:18022) {
  status: 500,
  data: null,
  isPublic: false,
  isOperational: true,
  page: '/admin'
RequestId: 85b732a5-7104-4aa2-b3ed-80bc106b494e Error: Runtime exited with error: exit status 1
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    11 months ago

    Not super familiar with vercel but

    You set your server url initially to localhost:3000

    but then you used

    Are you pointing it at port :3000 on vercel

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    Juan Sebastián Mendoza
    11 months ago

    yes, it is pointing at that same port

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    11 months ago

    In prod I'm pretty sure you have to run the build command first then add a new variable NODE_ENV=production

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    11 months ago

    It's possible they aren't running with payload prod instance with npm run serve

    Which then wouldnt include that prod env

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    10 months ago

    @Juan Sebastián Mendoza vercel does not host custom servers, you would have to host this approach another way - like DigitalOcean. There are a couple other ways to host Payload, we have our newly released cloud platform that you could try, we also released our serverless approach that can be deployed on vercel alongside NextJS


    Serverless approach:
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