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Hobby server alternatives since Heroku going paid

Greg S asked in Servers

I've got two truly hobby Rails apps on Heroku and they get almost no use. Heroku was easy enough for me and I have Postgres databases at AWS. Now that Heroku is changing to pay only, it's not worth it to me to keep my apps there. AWS is too complicated. What are free or low cost options to Heroku.

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In no particular order:

  • Fly.io
  • Render.com
  • Hatchbox.io (I built this! 🤓)
  • DigitalOcean Apps
  • Railway

Hatchbox.io is a bit different because it runs on your server(s) and you only pay for servers. If you deploy 2+ apps on a single server, you save money because most hosts charge per-app fees.

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