Express is the web development framework commonly used in conjunction with Node, which in short alleviates a lot of the overhead associated with deploying and maintaining a server. Additionally, Express is based heavily on Sinatra, the Ruby framework used in Comm Lab: Web last semester. My server is currently being hosted on Heroku.
Deploying the server was completed within an hour, with John Schimmel’s valuable instruction and walk-thru. It’s very excited to get a server running from pretty much any machine, and host it remotely.