So I had this blog website of mine hosted in Heroku. I was using one of their free dynos. Life was good. And then I get a mail from Heroku saying that:
Reminder Upgrade now: Heroku free product plans end November 28th
I was also using their free Heroku Prostgres to store my blog entries. So I was least interested to migrate my cool blog from Heroku. I decided to upgrade my free dyno to a basic (paid) dyno. It was after all only 5$ per month. Wait, it was 5$ a month! That is no small amount for me. So I decided not to upgrade (tbh, I went ahead and put in my card details only to know that Indian banks have put a hold to recurring payments, so my card became invalid for Heroku subscription).
Fortunately on September 27th PyCoder's Weekly Issue #544 had an article about Heroku alternatives. It is from this article that I came to know about Fly.io.
Fly.io turned out to be cooler than I expected. This is what they say:
If you can build it into a Dockerfile, we can run it.
and more importantly:
If you have a Heroku app you'd like to bring closer to your users, give the Fly Turboku Launcher a spin.
So guess what I did. I opened up Turboku Launcher and followed the steps mentioned there. It's only 3 simple steps.
- Connect to Heroku
- Configure Heroku (choose app-name, location, heroku-app-name).
- Launch on fly.io (On a click of button).
That's it. Fly.io takes care of all the other things. All I needed to do extra was to enter my card details for verification, which surprisingly worked here (stripe gateway).
Up and running 🚀. My blog website was migrated in less than 5 minutes. Happy again!
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