How to create a Starter Plan App

When I try to create an app I get a “Create App” page with Basic and Pro plans but no Starter plan. I have one and only one app that is using the Starter plan but when I try to create another one it is set to be created using the Pro plan. I click on Scale All and get the page described above.

I tried to ask this question in a ticket but they do not understand. I admit that I was not as specific as I am here. I see that questions posted here are usually ignored but I am not sure whether to create a new ticket or reply to the existing ticket. I guess I will first try replying to the existing ticket.

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I contacted support. The problem I had was that my app did not qualify for the Starter plan. I expected it to. It is a bit complicated. I was using the DigitalOcean tutorial for creating a Node.js site and since Node.js can generate static sites (right?) I assumed the tutorial was creating a site that qualified for the Starter plan.

If it is possible that the problem is that I was not using the tutorial properly and that I should have been able to use the tutorial to create a Node.js site that does qualify for the Starter plan then I can find that tutorial.

Bobby Iliev
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April 16, 2022


In addition to what has been mentioned already, keep in mind that the starter plan is only good for trying App Platform and deploying static sites.

If you have a backend service like Django, PHP, Node.js and etc. the starter plan would not be sufficient.

Hope that this helps!



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April 14, 2022

Hi @ ,

When you need try and edit the Plan, do you see If you’d like to use the Starter plan, remove any services or workers from this app. ? If yes, then most probably you need to remove the component/resource you’ve created.

Go to the top of your page and remove the component ( if you type in ctrl+F and search for components). Once you do, you’ll be able to use the Starter Plan.