How Qovery Community plan works
- Since we created this post - Qovery v2 has been launched and is globally available!
- ⚠️ Use our Free, Professional or Business plans to deploy on your Cloud account. The Community plan is a special plan for hobby projects.
Let’s see how the Qovery billing is working as we are about launching the v2 in less than two weeks. Since we launched Qovery in January 2020, our product was free of charge for our “community” and paid plans - even if on the pricing page it was mentioned the opposite. Making Qovery free was the perfect way to get product feedback and iterate with our users without the cost constraint. As our “community” infrastructure costs have drastically grown within the last 12 months, we need to reinvent our free offer. Important note: we will continue to offer our Community plan but with different conditions. In this post, I will explain how our “Community” and paid plans evolve. Let’s go.
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Here are the critical pricing elements to have in mind for the Community plan:
- The “Community” plan is still free with a $45 Qovery credits offer when you sign up the first time.
- You can host applications with our “Community” plan. It uses our Qovery Cloud account.
- The only way to get free credits is to “give back” to the community. (see below)
Get free credits
At Qovery, we use great open-source products, and we want to give back. That is why...
- We have open-sourced our Qovery Engine (multi-cloud deployment) and launched several projects like Pleco (automatic clean up resources on Kubernetes) and RedisLess (serverless Redis implementation).
- We have provided free hosting for developers (database included) since January 2020.
The problem with this model is that giving access to hosting resources for free is not financially sustainable. It has to change. Now we reward users that are giving back to the community. Here are the possible rewards...
- Inviting a friend to join Qovery: you and your friend receive $15 credits each
- Giving product feedback: $15 credits
- Reporting a bug: from $15 to $300 credits
- Reporting a security bug: from $15 to $300 credits
- Writing an article: from $50 to $300 credits
- Record a video: from $50 to $300 credits
- Sharing your love of Qovery on Twitter (comment or post): $15 credits.
- Sharing your love of Qovery on Dev.to (comment or post): $15 credits.
- Active community member*: recurring $150 credits every month + other advantages
The more you contribute, the better it is for the community; the more you get free credits, the longer you can use Qovery for free. We believe that is a fair way to encourage the community to be involved and retribute in return for their implication.
- You have 12 months to use your earned credits.
- On the “Community” plan, you can go up to 512MB of RAM and 1CPU per application. When you run out of credits, you need to refill it within 48 hours by giving feedback, invite people, writing articles... Otherwise your application will be shut down. There is no such limit on the paid plans.
Do I need to have an AWS account to use Qovery Community?
The “Community” plan does not require an AWS account to be used. Consider using our paid plans to deploy on your AWS account.
Can I pay to get more credits on my Community plan?
No you can’t pay to get more credits on your Community plan.
Why don't you allow users to pay their credits?
Qovery IS NOT a hosting platform and will never be. We offer free hosting because it is our way to give back to the our developers community. But we want to encourage them to give back in return by helping each other and sharing their love of Qovery. See the “Community plan and free credits” section above.
What happens if I no longer have credits for my Community plan?
We notify you to give back to the community to get more credits. If you have not taken any action within:
- 48 hours, Qovery will shut down your applications.
- 1 days, Qovery will permanently delete your applications
How long I have to use my free credits?
You have 12 months to use your earned credits.
Should I use the Community plan for my next side project?
Yes, but if and only if you want to give back to the community. For instance, writing an article on Qovery can let you host your full-stack app (frontend, backend, database) for free up to 6 months. By writing 2 articles per year, you get 100% free hosting for your full-stack app.
At Qovery, we believe in a predictable and transparent pricing for our customers. And we also believe in giving access to free hosting to developers that are contributing in building a better tech ecosystem.
- 17th August 2021: simplifying pricing.
- 13th June 2021: we decided to keep "Community" plan instead of "Community" plan to make it clearer for everyone.