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Free hosting services for web developers

josiasaurel profile image Josias Aurel ・3 min read

Here are some free to use hosting services for web developers

When developing a web application or website, you willl want to be able to share it with the world. Hosting
a website can be costly. Fortunately, there are a number of hosting services out there that offer a pretty descent free plan, enabling you to use them without worrying about servers. These hosting services run in the cloud and some may support Static Sites, Backend or even cloud functions. All of these services provide a subdomain link to the apps you deploy so you can share it.

Let's have them !

Vercel

Vercel is an amazing service. They allow you to ewasily develop applications, previewing them before setting it to production. They provide multiple URLs for all of yours apps, each having a specific use in development. The free plan offers you the following :

  • Ability to add custom domains (max of 50 for free plan)
  • 100GB Bandwidth and storage
  • Cloud/Serverless Functions
  • Edge Network
  • CI/CD
  • Unlimited sites
  • A CLI for easy deployment

Netlify

Netlify is a direct Vercel competitor. Additionally, they support handling of form submissions (100 per site per month), 1000 identified active users per site per month and site analytics.

Heroku

This is a hosting service for full stack apllications in the cloud. They support Python, Ruby, Java apps and many more. Their free plan provide 550-1000 dynos (500 hours monthly compute). They support CI/CD.

Stormkit

This is a JavaScript only hosting service. That is, they allow you to host only JavaScript apps using their services. The free plan allows :

  • 1 app
  • 50GB Bandwidth
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited deployments

Hostman

This is another cool hosting service for both backend and frontend. Their free plan allows you to host only 10 websites (static) and deploy to their global edge network. They offer 100GB monthly with bandwidth included.

Glitch

This is a free service that allow you to host full stack apps in NodeJS. They allow you to worl with other languages as well. Moreover, they provide you with an editor and an integrated terminal for working. It also allows collaborative work on a project. They provide 1000 hours for all projects per month.

Repl.it

This other service is similar to glitch. It support so many languages and the free plan is pretty nice.

Surge

This is a static sites hosting service. Unlike the other, this one does not provide a Free SSL certificate. They have a CLI for easy deployments

Firebase

Firebase is a PaaS Google service. It allows you to create application backend easily without coding. It also allows you to host static websites for free. Firebase is very easy to use and provides a CLI to manage yours apps . They also support hosting cloud functions.

Render

This service is pretty the same as heroku except the free period is within ine month

GitHub Pages

If you have a GitHub account, this might be your go-to choice for hosting. They allow you to host static sites for free on a domain of the form : .github.io. It allows you to blog, show off and host a static sites for all of your github repositories.

begin

This service allows you to host your full stack, frontend or backend apps on their global network, supports serverless functions. Their free plan allow a max of 5 apps.

Deta

Deta allows your ro host python and node apps in the cloud. They also provide a built-in database, automatically installed on every app. They provide storage for storing files like images, videos and many more. Unfortunately they allow to deploy through their CLI only.

Fly

Fly is another hosting service that allows you to deploy yours apps on virtual machines in the cloud. They provide 160GB bandwidth per month for free and 8million compute seconds per month, descent free plan.

Fleek

Fleek proovides storage, hosting and databases all in one. They allow you to deploy from version control services like bitbucket, gitlab and github. It is nice to use.

You have reached the end
Above was a list of hosting services i had collected over sometime while searching for hosting services for my websites and apps. Now you have no excuses not to deploy and share your apps to the world. I hope you liked it.

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Ivan Jeremic

Digital Ocean App Platform is also interesting.

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Josias Aurel Author

Well I would have included it if you were not required a credit card or an initial $5 payment with PayPal

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Bobby Iliev

Yes! I was also about to mention the new DigitalOcean App Platform and that you could host static sites on there for free.

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Vishnu Haridas

Since you mentioned GitHub pages, there's GitLab Pages too as an option.

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Philip

is there any free hosting that supports database based websites like wordpress

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Mbonigaba Yusuf

Heroku provide a way to connect to different databases

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Josias Aurel Author

I don't know. I did not carry out any research on that. Might come soon 👌

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Rognoni

Let me add AlterVista free PHP / MySQL shared hosting:

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julia6744

Thank you for this interesting information. As for me, I was cooperating together with source which is a wonderful solution today. They are helping with website hosting, so you must be sure about it. I also want to admit about their 30-day money-back guarantee, which is a perfect solution in this severe time.

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Javed Shaikh

Cloudflare just announced their new service named pages for Jamstack apps. Their free plan definitely will beat all of the plans listed above.😀

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Josias Aurel Author

I came accross it too. I am going to add it in the next update

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andyst81

This is a great list. Very helpful and informative. Thanks a lot for posting.

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williamxlr

Hey friends that so cool, very interesting post. Any friend call me for help about your projects!

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DigitalEmma

Good thread, thanks for sharing

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J-from-Nucleon

What about Repl.it?

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War4sCode

Thank you so much

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Jakaria Sami

It was very helpful, Thanks lot.

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Josias Aurel Author

Happy it helped

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artydev

Hello,
Thanks you can add openode
Regards

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Philip Wels

Hi Josias, thank you so much for this neat list and for adding Stormkit. Really appreciate it :)