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The 3 Best Full-Stack Hosting Platforms (2022)

Picking the best platform for hosting full-stack apps on a budget is hard. I’ve compiled the best full-stack Hosting Platforms platforms in this quick overview.

I’ve compiled the 3 best full-stack hosting platforms based on 3 criteria:

  1. Ease of Use (You don’t need to learn/know dev ops)
  2. Generous free tiers
  3. Affordability

Disclaimer: Since we are focusing on full-stack apps we will ignore popular front end hosting platforms like Vercel and Netlify. These are great solutions for deploying frontends, but they do not let you deploy your own backend.

1) Railway

The logo of Railway, a platform for hosting full-stack apps for cheap.

Railway launched in 2020. The platform is growing in popularity with startups and solo developers.

Best of all, it is incredibly affordable. Their developer plan offers 100 GB of disk and 32GB of RAM. Depending on your app’s hourly usage, this can cost you a couple of dollars a month.

I am currently running photorake (lots of disk usage!), comb, and umami for $1 a month on Railway. This is the best pricing I’ve found across the board.

Pros

Cons

  • Uncapped expenses as your apps scale

2) Render

The logo of Render, a platform for hosting full-stack apps for cheap.

Render launched in 2018, and they’re positioning themselves to be the next Heroku. You can host static sites, web apps, background workers, cron jobs, Postgres databases, and Redis caches on Render.

They have a similar pricing model to Heroku where you pick the infrastructure up front based on your RAM and CPU needs. Their prices are heavily discounted when compared to Heroku, which is awesome.

Pros

Cons

3) Heroku

The logo of Heroku, a platform for hosting full-stack apps for cheap.

Heroku is the original developer friendly platform for full-stack web apps since 2007. It is popular with enterprises, startups, and solo developers alike.

You can host full stack apps, Postgres DBs, Redis Caches, and Apache Kafka queues. Rails and Django apps are commonly hosted on Heroku.

Pros

  • Great for Rails and Django Apps
  • Logs & monitoring within web UI
  • Automated Git based deploys via Github
  • Robust Add-ons Ecosystem

Cons

Which is my favorite?

After having tried the above platforms, I’ve decided to run my apps on Railway. The fact I don’t have to know my CPU/RAM needs up front, their affordable pricing, and the fact my apps never go dormant have won me over.

I encourage you to give these 3 a try and find your favorite; you won’t be disappointed.

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