With the announcement of the removal of the free tier on Heroku, I, like many others was scrambling for an alternative.
Heroku used to offer free 'Dynos' but now are offering dynos for $7 which are always active or $5 for eco-dynos which go inactive after 30 minutes.
So what are some good alternatives?
I currently use these services and have done for the last 8 months or so. These are great services and are either the same or cheaper.
One option I chose for a Node API and React app was using Digital Ocean. I have been using this for the last 8 months and I found it very easy to setup. See my article on setting up an API on digital ocean.
The cost is $5 for a droplet and with the link below you can get a free $200 credit when you sign up to get started https://m.do.co/c/b6731a07428c.
How to deploy a node.js app to digital ocean using Docker
Luke Cartwright ・ Oct 30 '21 ・ 6 min read
This is actually better value than Heroku because these Droplets don't become inactive after 30 mins and remain active like the Heroku $7 dynos.
Another way I have used is hosting a React app on AWS S3.
This costs me a few pennies per month to host the static files.
I used these 2 resources to automatically run build and push to S3 everytime I push my code to GitHub. This uses a GitHub action and a S3 bucket.
- GitHub actions https://github.com/jakejarvis/s3-sync-action
Note: this contains a referral link but I have used this service for 8 months now and I have found it very helpful and good.
I hope these resources will be of a help to someone. Please share your thoughts below and with others if you think they will find it helpful
Top comments (11)
Oracle cloud, Always free tier, I have Ampere server with 4cpu and 24g RAM for 2 years for free.
I use Github pages, works very well for me once it is setup.
That's true, similar to the S3 method by building the minified js files and hosting them
Where do you guys host your JS projects?
Had anyone tried using Kubernetes on a personal project?
On vercel app or Google cloud
Great suggestions, is Google cloud cheap?
Is it easy enough to deploy?
I use Vercel for a next js app.
Running CapRover on a VPS at Contabo.
I've never heard of this, what the cost like?
Just the price of the VPS.