Django Hosting Options
Django is one of the most popular web frameworks out there, used by everyone from large sites like Instagram to early stage startups. When it comes time to deploy, here are the top free and paid hosting options.
Heroku is a platform-as-a-service that has a free tier for small projects and progressive pricing as a site grows in size. It also has a robust add-on ecosystem for additional services like database hosting, caching, logging, and more. Check out the Heroku Django Getting Started Guide.
PythonAnywhere is another platform-as-a-service that also provides online Python environments. It features a free tier and upgraded plans that start at $5/month. Deploying an existing Django app is straightforward.
If you’re comfortable doing basic server configuration, for as little as $5/month you can host your entire Django project on Digital Ocean. They have fantastic documentation and one-click installs for common setups like Ubuntu. If you want the flexibility of a virtual server without the hassle of AWS, Digital Ocean is a great choice.
BeanStalk is Amazon’s version of a platform-as-a-service. You have full control over the AWS resources powering your application and pricing works on a pay-as-you-go model. While AWS documentation can be confusing, there are several good guides for simple deployment.
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