How to host websites for free?

Hi,

I started learning web development 3 months ago and I created a couple of applications.

I want to host my websites online, but there are so many services that I don’t know where to start.

What I’m looking for is a service that offers a free plan where I can host my front-end and full-stack projects.

I’ve heard that you can host front-end websites on GitHub pages. I wasn’t sure if this is the recommended way to host websites, or if there’s a better free service.

For full-stack applications, I tried using Render’s free plan. However, my website spins down after 15 minutes of inactivity and it takes a couple of minutes to spin back up when it receives a request.

I want to show my applications to employers without having to take minutes to load the webpage. Is there another free alternative to host a full-stack application that offers a faster load time?

Hello!

I’m using and having great experiences with

and

Both reliable and with generous free tiers.
Netlify offers you the option to deploy your distribution folders manually, so you don’t use up the monthly build time on the free tier, which is already generous. Vercel is focused on Next.js, but you can deploy projects written with other frameworks there as well without hassle.

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Thank you so much @DanielHuebschmann! I’ll check these out!

Congrats on your progress in web development! For hosting front-end projects, GitHub Pages is indeed a popular choice and often recommended due to its simplicity and integration with Git. However, for full-stack applications, considering your need for faster load times without spin-down issues, you might want to explore services like Heroku’s free tier or Netlify. Both offer reliable hosting with better performance for dynamic applications, and they have generous free plans. Give them a try and see which one suits your needs best. Good luck showcasing your work to potential employers!