We just launched new subscription pricing
and higher usage limits for 5apps Deploy, effective immediately for all users.
We’re also giving you more insight into your apps’ traffic via charts and
numbers on the app overview and dashboards.
When we introduced Deploy, it was the very first service of its kind, and in
regards to many features we offer, it still is. Since Deploy’s beta launch over
two years ago, we’ve learned a lot about the ins and outs of hosting client-side
- Usage is now limited by transfer volume instead of HTTP requests.
- The pricing structure of all paid subscription plans has been adjusted.
Over time, we’ve seen that our initial idea of limiting usage by HTTP requests
partly fulfilled its goal of getting people to use AppCache in order make apps
available offline. However, people love to host static sites on Deploy as well
and AppCache doesn’t make sense for those. More importantly though, it was
never quite easy or intuitive to comprehend request numbers as a measure, let
alone estimate future usage based on what happens when you reload your apps a lot
during development periods.
Ultimately, the old pricing just didn’t reflect the true cost of hosting
high-traffic apps and sites. Let’s take ToS;DR – one of
the most popular sites on Deploy – as an example. As ToS;DR is using the
platform as fast and reliable hosting for their JSON API as well, they generate
about 20 requests per second on average. Which means that on good days, they
crossed the 2-million request limit of our most expensive subscription plan in
a single day.
Now, as an open-source project, ToS;DR enjoys free hosting on Deploy, but if it
were a proprietary app or site, the new limits would fit their transfer volume
of about 30GB per month well within our medium-size plan now!
What didn’t change?
Although we did increase the price of our smallest plan, it happened because we
didn’t change one important property of Deploy’s pricing: on paid plans,
you can still set up an unlimited amount of apps, and all plans and usage
limits are calculated per account instead of per app.
We also didn’t change the fact that you can set up custom domains on our free
plans. Soon, you’ll even be able to purchase fully managed SSL encryption
for your apps hosted with custom domains, independent of the plan you’re on.
As a thank you to all our early customers, we have upgraded your account
limits, but not your subscription price! So, until you change your plan, you
will be charged the same as when you signed up, but with significantly
increased usage limits. Enjoy!
Bonus: more insight
There’s an additional improvement, which was made possible by how we log app
usage now: starting today, we’re giving you insight into the traffic individual
apps and sites generate, via charts and numbers on your apps overview and the
app dashboards. These stats include both transfer volume and number of HTTP
If you have any questions or feedback about our new pricing and usage limits,
you can write a comment below, use our support site,
or mention us on Twitter. We’d love to hear what