10 Ways for Hosting a React JS App for Free | Tekolio

React, one of the most loved and used JS Library that helps in many ways, one of which is that it divides the code into components making it easier to understand and debug the code. Due to this, many developers are switching to React instead of Angular and Vue (Stack Overflow Survey 2021).

But hosting such apps is not that easy as it was with hosting websites made by HTML, CSS, and JS. To solve that, here are ten hosting providers that will host our React App for free. Some of these you might have already used.

Vercel

Vercel has created and is monitoring a React framework that is well known for its rendering abilities, Next JS.

WE can deploy a React App but start with zero configuration as it will boost the performance of the Application with its global edge network.

It also provides several options. One among them is that we get to import our repository directly from GitHub, GitLab, or BitBucket and even get a preview link before the actual deployment of our app so that we check and rectify errors if there are any.

We are also provided with some of the most amazing starter templates to kick start our development journey.

You can do it in two ways —

  1. Using Vercel dashboard
  2. Using CLI

Netlify

Netlify is among the most used platforms for hosting React, Angular, and Vue Applications for free. We get a free SSL certificate and can also set a custom domain name for our Applications.

We can connect our GitHub account with netlify and select the specific repo that we want to deploy, and in just three simple steps done by netlify itself, our App is hosted.

We can have our Apps deployed using HTTPS with our custom domain name.

GitHub Pages

We all know what GitHub and GitHub Page are, as we all have hosted our static websites and web pages using GitHub Pages. But we can also host our dynamic React App on the same platform, but there is one catch, the method is not that easy.

We have to follow the same procedure up to some extent, and then the steps provided by the GitHub Pages for deploying our dynamic Apps will come

We are provided with a custom domain and an SSL certificate for free from GitHub for our App.

To know more how to di it with its steps, click here

Firebase

Firebase is a platform developed and maintained by google where we can host our Apps no matter which language we use. We can not only deploy our Apps but can scale them too.

As Google is maintaining it we get a lot of different options like fully managed backend, performance monitor, analytics, A/B testing, and many more.

We can very easily install it in our local system globally which makes it easier to use. Just use the following command to do so

AWS S3

Who doesn’t know about AWS and its services? It is one of the most liked and used cloud services providers, and there are some services that only AWS provides.

One such service is S3, where we can create a bucket and can upload all our files. It is commonly used for hosting a static website.

Similarly, we have to upload React files once into the bucket and follow the further instruction. Once the process is complete, we can see our deployed App with the URL provided to us by AWS.

We can have our custom domain, SSL certificate, and many more things from CloudFront.

AWS Amplify

Amplify is yet another cool feature that AWS provides, as it will host your React App with a global CDN.

We can easily link our GitHub account with this. It provides us with features like an SSL certificate, custom domain, password protection, etc.

AWS is not free. There are certain limits set for every service it provides. One such factor is storage. There are many other factors on which AWS pricing depends. But it will be a long time for you to cross that limit until then it’s free.

Microsoft Azure

Like Amazon and Google, Microsoft has its Cloud Service Provider — Azure. Its functionality is somehow different from them as it provides us with a Static Web App that will be served globally from different distribution points resulting in better performance.

It also offers a variety of features like a free SSL certificate, Git integration, Customain Domains, etc.

Heroku

It was launched in the year 2007, since then its popularity has increased tremendously. The reason is, it can host a variety of Apps like apps made from React JS, Node JS, and even GO.

It is also a cloud service provider and provides a tom of services some of which are free.

One can very easily host React App using Heroku CLI, with a few commands, we can very easily host our React App.

It also provides a free SSL certificate, custom domain, and git integration.

Surge

We can very easily and quickly host our React App using surge CLI which requires much less configuration, and a few steps are enough to do the job.

It has a completely free tier which is boundless as we can upload as many projects as we want and host them.

It also provides a free SSL certificate and a custom domain for our Apps.

Render

It is also a Cloud Service Provider which provides hosting for both static and dynamic sites and Apps easily with just three simple steps.

Like other Cloud Service Providers we have discussed, it also provides a free SSL certificate, custom domain, and a global CDN with auto-deployment, and git integration.

Well, we can host our site for free here, but it might charge for other cloud services.

Conclusion

We have covered most of the companies that provide free hosting for our React Apps on the cloud platform. These 10 hosting providers have a free plan, custom domain, Git integration, free SSL certifications, and what no.

So, take your Application and try each one out and find the one that best suits you and your Apps.

Originally published at https://tekolio.com on November 24, 2021.

I am a front-end developer from India with over one year of experience in freelancing with skills like Git, HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap 4&5, and React.

I am a front-end developer from India with over one year of experience in freelancing with skills like Git, HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap 4&5, and React.