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PHP Fog is Free Forever, and Now Even More Free!

I want to thank you for your interest in PHP Fog. Thanks to you and tens of thousands of developers like you, we have grown massively in the last year and  a half.  As a sign of my gratitude, I’d like to give you two free gifts.

Gift #1: Free for 6 months is now free FOREVER! All 6 month apps have been converted to free forever apps automatically.

Gift #2: You can now deploy 3 free forever apps instead of just 1.

To create your 3 free forever apps today, go to

We are very passionate about our service, the value that it delivers and how it can streamline a developers workflow when deploying applications to the cloud. Now you can experience this first hand with even more applications at no cost. If and when you need to upgrade to a more powerful dedicated cloud, you can do this with just a few clicks anytime. In addition we have recently rolled out support for SSL on custom domain names which can easily be setup right from the web console.

There is a lot more to try than last time you checked: ThinkUp, PyroCMS, Drupal 7, MediaWiki, Elefant, Slim, Laravel, and more.

I will also be hosting a live webinar on Wednesday, December 14th to talk a bit more about the PHP Fog service, some recent changes and where we are headed. If you would like to attend simply use this link to register:

Thank you for your continued support!


Lucas Carlson

Founder and CEO

  • Dean

    Excellent news, but… how are you making any money of this?

  • Zeljko Dakic

    Second previous comment, no one has use of service that is free and goes bust.

  • Firas Hermez

    Just off the top of my head, I’m guessing anyone who is serious about using this platform will shift to the Paid for model(s) if they really like whats on offer, simply for the sake of scalability.

    I think this is a very good move as it lowers the entry barrier for bootstrapped devs and I’d say that once any of these devs start to make money from their apps they wouldn’t mind paying a little to scale up their offerings.

  • Elefant CMS

    This is awesome news! Hope you guys get lots of new devs on board. PHP Fog has been very easy and enjoyable to work with so far. Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    We examined our costs very carefully and found some room to give back to our community. The right blend that we were going for was give enough to do dev/test for free, and be reasonably priced ( when you are ready for production. When Linode gives away more RAM or AWS makes inbound traffic free, it is not a sign these companies are less trustworthy, but that they love their users. We love developers and are trying to do right by them.

  • Anonymous

    We are definitely not going bust! We carefully examined our business model before making this move.

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  • Anonymous

    You are very welcome!

  • El Aprendiz

    i love this, well done guys

  • Stefan Gojan

    Super awesome!

  • /Mick.

    Can you make the domain cheaper? or even free? I doubt it cost anything to operate. $5/month is really expensive.

  • covati

    /Mick, as someone who deals with pricing quite a bit, I’d have to say that $5 is a good price for this.

    This is a premium feature, it’s something people upgrade for, and it separates out those who are just playing around and those who are looking to use this as a serious tool.

    If you aren’t willing to pay a few bucks a month for this then it’s not important to you. Conversely, if it’s important enough to need a domain name, then why aren’t you willing to toss a few bucks towards it?

  • /Mick.

    I’m not sure if I agreed to that. Just a domain name, $5.00/month is a little too much. However, if the intention is to subsidize, this “free” plan, then I understood. 

    For comparison, WordPress charged ~$12/year for a custom domain name. I think that’s reasonable. I thought this will be a steal if I could setup a blog on phpFog and pay for a custom domain. 

    Just a suggestion. Pricing varies from people to people 😉

  • Dean Perry

    Ah ok thanks! 🙂

  • Alexander Trauzzi

    First time I’ve really heard of phpfog!  I just pushed my latest project up and then read that Assetic (Symfony2) will not be supported by the free tier.  More or less a deal breaker for me.

    Good things:  Your interface is absolute genius and cuts every last bit of nonsense out of setting up a PHP app – while also leaving the essentials in!  Very well done.

    I’d be more inclined to work with and even target phpfog if I could use Assetic without having to pony up cash.

    I eagerly await open_basedir support on the free shared cloud!  Beyond that and hopefully no other surprises, this service is amazing.

  • Alexander Trauzzi

    It’s a very sound model because it breaks down barriers to adoption and even some use.  Once people are comfortable and happy with your service, they’re almost never scared of pulling the trigger.

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