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Announcing Strapi Cloud Beta

Since we first announced our plans for Strapi Cloud at StrapiConf 2022 earlier this year, thousands of people have joined the waitlist and shared their interest in trying it out. We’re very grateful for your support and encouragement. In this post, we’re excited to give everyone an update on the progress we’ve made and can barely contain our excitement!

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Strapi Cloud Intro

But first, here is some context in case you are hearing about Strapi Cloud for the first time today. To put it simply, Strapi Cloud is a hosted Content Management platform that reconciles developers and content editors by bridging local development workflow and low code user interfaces. Our goal is to abstract away deployment / hosting complexity without compromising on Strapi’s unique customization and content management capabilities. More than a hosting platform with a fast CDN, generous bandwidth, assets and database storage, Strapi Cloud will offer a unique set of collaboration, security and compliance features similar to other SaaS Headless CMS.

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Strapi Cloud beta requirements

For the past few weeks, the team has been iterating on the product and collaborating with a handful of users as part of a closed alpha program. A big thank you to all the alpha users and in particular Jelmer#0957, Saad-Mujeeb#9771, _kuyper#3698, domm#9986, Antoine-lb#9553, Federico Mancinelli#1396, stefans.dev#5213 and Cookie Monster#6725 for their time and valuable feedback.

Starting today, with the release of the beta-0, we’ll be gradually opening the doors to more and more people on a first come, first serve basis. You can follow the documentation for more info on how to request access and prerequisites.

As part of our beta program, we’re looking for users who have Strapi projects based on a Postgres database and available on a dedicated GitHub repository.

As with any beta testing program, we aim to collect as much feedback as possible through:

  • Polls & surveys sent by email and posts on Discord
  • Optional Q&A session to be scheduled every two weeks
  • Dedicated 1/1 meetings with those of you who want to share more information about your expectations, constraints and struggles.
  • Support tickets directly through your Strapi Cloud dashboard.

Join the waitlist to be the first to benefit from Strapi Cloud and unlock an early adopter discount.

Strapi Cloud FAQ

  • When will Strapi Cloud be publicly available?

Our plan for the beta is to gradually invite waitlist users to deploy on Strapi Cloud and monitor overall performance with a few hundred active projects while continuously releasing new features and improvements. Strapi Cloud plans and pricing should be publicly available in Q1 2023, at which point we’ll start onboarding our first customers.

  • Do you offer discounts to Beta testers?

Strapi Cloud is currently free for all Beta testers until the Strapi Cloud pricing plans are announced in Q1 2023. Beta Users who add a credit card to their accounts and keep using Strapi Cloud once the pricing is released will benefit from special discounts.

  • Will I be able to easily migrate from CE or EE to Cloud?

Any self-hosted Strapi project can be hosted on Strapi Cloud. The migration process from self-hosted to Cloud will heavily depend on your Strapi version, database and asset storage setup. Once you receive the beta invite, you’ll need to create an account and link your GitHub repository with a new Strapi Cloud project. Support for GitLab / Bitbucket repositories will come in Q2 or Q3 2023.

For current Strapi customers, a dedicated call with your Account Executive / Manager will be required as there will be significant differences in pricing and support coverage. In short, Strapi Cloud pricing is usage-based as opposed to our Self-Hosted Enterprise Edition which is user-based.

  • Do you only host Strapi instance or can we still connect to say AWS for our S3 Object Storage?

Strapi Cloud is custom-made to host Strapi CMS and provides a CDN and database out of the box. That being said, similar to the open-source Strapi Community Edition, our users will continue to be in control of their stack and have the freedom to choose their favorite tools. Users will be free to use other databases, bypass our CDN or connect with 3rd party services such as object storage providers or frontend hosting platforms such as Vercel, Netlify, and Gatsby Cloud.

  • What will be the price of the Strapi Cloud plans?

While we are not able to communicate on exact plans quite yet, what we can tell you is that it will be similar to other managed or SaaS Headless CMS. Strapi Cloud usage-based pricing is based on the following criteria:

  • Seats
  • Number of entries
  • Asset Storage
  • Asset Bandwidth
  • API requests

Each tier will come with included usage quota. It will be possible to go over quota with a transparent pay as you go pricing.

  • What are our plans for Strapi Cloud in terms of uptime and Compliance?

At this time, we are not able to communicate any uptime history or have any compliance certifications at this time. However, our goal is to reach 99.99% Uptime and become SOC 2, GDPR, & CCPA and PCI DSS compliant in the future.

  • What can I do if I need Managed hosting now?

If you need help hosting your Strapi project immediately, we invite you to contact some of our Solution and Technology partners (see the full list here) who can perform Managed Services to handle the deployment, hosting, scaling and maintenance of your Strapi projects.

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